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A Song Sparrow sits on a dead plant Oct. 25, 2020 at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Columbia. Song Sparrows appear in Missouri in the winter and return to a similar area each year.

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Mallard ducks fly with another group of birds Oct. 25, 2020 at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Columbia. Mallards are present in Missouri year-round.

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A large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds flies away from the brush along a waterway Oct. 25, 2020 at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Columbia. Red-winged Blackbirds are present in Missouri year-round and prefer marshy and reedy areas near water.

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An oak tree reaches toward the light Oct. 4, 2020 at Wild Haven Nature Area in Columbia. The nature area is a 103 acre plot of land consisting mainly of forest.

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A Blanchard’s Cricket Frog sits in the water Oct. 4, 2020 at Wild Haven Nature Area in Columbia. The Blanchard’s Cricket Frog is common in Missouri but is endangered or threatened in other states, including Wisconsin and Michigan, likely due to water pollution.

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Hinkson Creek trails through Wild Haven Nature Area Oct. 4, 2020 in Columbia. The Hinkson was surrounded by a large swath of invasive Bush Honeysuckle, which a group of Columbia Audubon Society Volunteers gathered to remove.

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A section of prairie is seen through the edge of the timber Oct. 4, 2020 at Wild Haven Nature Area in Columbia. Wild Haven is owned by the Columbia Audubon Society.

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An orchid grows through the path Oct. 24, 2020 at Wild Haven Nature Area in Columbia. The Audubon Society volunteers stopped to investigate the orchid but couldn’t determine its species.

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Final: Mid-Missouri Conservation
emmalee reed
Oct 26, 2020
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Today, my capstone group finished our project about bird conservation in mid-Missouri. Here is the link to our project, which focuses on members of the Columbia Audubon Society and their efforts to conserve the natural environment and wildlife here in mid-Missouri.

I really enjoyed being able to get out in nature and photograph people doing really interesting work. I am a big bird nerd, so I was excited to work on this project about birds and especially to go out and photograph birds at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Columbia.

Emmalee Reed

Emmalee Reed is a photojournalist and photo editor based in Columbia, Missouri. She specializes in documentary photography and photojournalism.
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