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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Snow geese have descended in record number upon the area near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
Snow coverage in the western part of Missouri is pushing the birds east in their search for food.
Estimates suggest that nearly 15,000 snow geese could be in the area surrounding the confluence.
Andy Tappmeyer, Wildlife Management Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, indicates that large numbers of the snow geese have been seen in St. Peters, St. Charles County, as well as Lincoln County.
Snow geese typically spend the winter in the southern part of their range, which includes Missouri. They return to the arctic tundra in the spring to nest.