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Andrew Mothershead

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Saline County Conservation Agent

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According to Conservation Agent ..., 17 Sept 2012 [cached]
According to Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead, incidents such as this aren't rare. He was also called to the creek, along with DNR, to examine the affect on fish and other wildlife.
"DNR and the Department of Conservation have our own assessments" to make, Mothershead said.
Saline County Conservation Agent ..., 27 July 2012 [cached]
Saline County Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead had invited these girls along with several other participants for an evening of frog education, fried frog legs and frog hunting.
A family matter kept Mothershead from personally overseeing the clinic. In his absence, agents from Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Cooper, Moniteau and Boone counties facilitated the evening along with Missouri Department of Conservation staff members.
"I hated so much that I had to miss this clinic because it was my brain child," Mothershead said. "And (I) was looking so forward to introducing a clinic like this to the area."
Regional Supervisor for the Protection Division Tom Strother highlighted the sport's uncertain history. He noted frog gigging began centuries ago.
This spring Saline County Conservation ..., 15 June 2012 [cached]
This spring Saline County Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead rescued this American white pelican from a fishing line. This pelican was one of many that traveled along the Missouri River between February and April. (Contributed photo) The pelican snapped its beak in protest as Saline County Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead wrestled the bird from its thin confinement.
A discarded fishing line had disrupted the bird's typical migratory route through Saline County. While thousands of other pelicans flew free, this line had tangled the bird's nine-foot wing span. Mothershead transported the injured pelican in a pet carrier to Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City. Eventually, he hopes the pelican can return to the wild and continue its traditional migratory route.
"Man that thing was mad," Mothershead said.
This year, a dramatic increase of birds and an extended stay in Saline County prompted several inquiries regarding their habits, and Mothershead eagerly educated the community about them. As the birds lined the Miami Access and swarmed Teteseau Lake, Saline County residents and visitors wondered about the odd-looking birds.
"They're ground nesters like a duck or a goose, but they're just way, way different birds," Mothershead said. "I think people are surprised to see them."
Mothershead explained American white pelicans nest in southern Canada and north-central United States in the summer, but each year flocks migrate along the Missouri River. Saline County serves as a resting place for the birds as they travel to the Gulf Coast, Texas and Mexico for the winter.
Mothershead cited this year's warm weather and abundance of carp as potential answers to the increase of pelicans.
Mothershead and Freeman said these birds typically arrive in February and stay until March, but this year the pelicans rested in Saline County until April.
While the birds have flown north for the summer, Mothershead anticipates they'll return in late September as they journey south.
"This place is the major truck stop for birds on their migratory north and south," he said.
Saline County Conservation Agent ..., 9 July 2012 [cached]
Saline County Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead speculates hot, dry weather has affected the bats' mortality rate. (Contributed image)
Wright contacted Saline County Conservation Agent Andrew Mothershead and inquired about the surplus of dead bats.
The staff froze the bats for Mothershead, fearing that some sort of communicable disease may have been the culprit.
Mothershead consulted Tony Elliott, a bat biologist for the State of Missouri, who had also noticed an increase in juvenile bat mortality.
"A certain percentage don't gain the strength to fly and natural mortality occurs," Mothershead said.
Elliot speculated the hot, dry days and lack of rain contributed to the excess of dead bats.
He suggested the dead adults are most likely mothers that have faltered due to stresses giving birth.
"This is the time of year that is make or break for wildlife born in 2012," Mothershead said. "We expect a certain number of those youngsters to not make it and, in turn, feed another link in the food chain."
The residents refrained from touching the fallen bats, and Mothershead said because they had avoided direct contact with the bats that rabies was not a concern. The conservation agent advises against touching the bats with bare skin. He instructed the Blosser Home maintenance man to use gloves when removing the bats from the property.
"A very small percentage of bats carry rabies, and we always encourage the public to not handle bats dead or alive," he said.
Local News - KMMO [cached]
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