The Missouri Department of Conservation has been seeking public input on a proposed 10-year management plan for Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, though only ten comments have been received. The official comment period closes at theend of August, but according to the Columbia Tribune, MDC will continue to accept comments until the plan is finalized in several months.
As Eagle Bluffs is one of the premier regional birding spots, Audubon members should consider reading the document and making their views known regarding birding access. For example, see the MDC response on page 20 to a public request to allow more access for birders during fall waterfowl hunting season:
“There is a balancing act between hunter and birder satisfaction. The hunting season is less than 100 days; whereas birding can take place any day of the year.” Many birders would argue that birding is not the same year-round, and that fall waterfowl hunting season by definition overlaps with the migration season in which many interesting birds are only temporarily present. You can read the document and submit comments at http://ow.ly/FWP9303JCVQ.