Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
The Great Salt Lake ecosystem is composed of
wetland complexes and associated upland nesting cover and is part of the Western
Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
Critical migratory habitat for
waterfowl and shorebirds
- Cinnamon teal
- White-faced ibis
One of the
biggest threats is development
Utah Partners for Fish and Wildlife
participates in projects with landowners to improve and restore wetlands and upland
habitat. Many of the duck clubs have shown interest in habitat restoration. The National
Resources Conservation Service and the Wetlands Reserve Program along with Ducks Unlimited
have been key players in these restoration projects.
||View of a completed
project. A small 300-foot dike with a water control structure was constructed to
capture irrigation water. The landowner uses the pond to irrigate his pasture.
include reconstruction of dikes and installation of new water control structures. These
improvements have allowed landowners to manage water in a more efficient manner and
provide water regimes for waterfowl and shorebirds.
Another project the Partners Program is
involved in is working with a duck club to improve grassland conditions that have been
invaded by cheatgrass. There has also been a huge increase in the amount of Phragmites
(marsh reeds) since the flood in 1983, and there is a high interest in doing management on
these huge monotypical stands.