Bringing Birds Back to Green Bay's Cat Islands
Rufa red knots, a federally threatened species, use the Cat Islands during migration.
Photo courtesy Tom Prestby; UW Green Bay
October 19, 2015
Migrating birds following the west shore of Wisconsin's Green Bay funnel in to the southern tip of the bay, where shallow waters and large beds of aquatic vegetation serve as a major stopover site. The southern edge of Green Bay once contained one of the largest, most diverse wetland habitats in the Great Lakes. There, waterfowl and other migrating birds – as well as water birds, furbearers, invertebrates, and native fishes – find much-needed habitat. Cat Islands once provided nesting habitat for 13 different species of colonial nesting water birds, the highest species diversity of any island in the Great Lakes.
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