State Parks Stories
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The development of the state park system’s property in Shannon County will add a new lodge, cabins and campground to the state park system but will open up for exploration a much larger landscape of the Missouri Ozarks and its wealth of wooded hills, bluff-lined valleys and sparkling float streams.
This is a success story.
Eldon Meyer brought his wife, Maggie, from the East to a rundown farmhouse on a hill outside his hometown of Hermann on the Missouri River.
She was not happy.
Meagan Duffee-Yates remembers the moment she became enraptured by raptors.
She was 12 and living with her parents in Dallas, Texas, when the family attended “Medieval Times,” a theater performance that features knights in armor.
“They had a falconry dinner show,” Duffee-Yates said. “They fly birds around you as you eat your dinner.”
In college, she started working with hawks, eagles and owls for educational use.