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Reestablishing Wild Rice in Lower Green Bay

 

Service biologist and partners seeding wild rice from a boat.

Service biologist and partners seed wild rice in lower Green Bay.

Photo courtesy of Steve Kass, Ducks Unlimited.

 

November 9, 2016

 

On a sunny November day, partners from over 9 different organizations set out in their boats to seed 20 acres of wild rice in Lower Green Bay.  The boats traveled up Duck Creek, through expansive emergent wetlands in the estuary and into backwater areas behind the Cat Island chain.

University of Wisconsin Green Bay students have been monitoring the growth within test plots of wild rice, wild celery, and bulrush over the last few growing seasons.

 

“Wild rice is a really charismatic species and often targeted for restoration,” said Brie Kupsky, UW-Green Bay graduate student. “If we can re-establish wild rice in the lower Bay, it will build immense interest and investment in the restoration.   Based on the success of these test plots, wild rice planting efforts were expanded this year.

 

“The rice is attractive to migrating waterfowl, but it also soaks up pollutants and other nutrients, “ states Ducks Unlimited Biologist Brian Glenzinski, “fish like northern pike benefit from increased foraging habitat too.”

 

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Last updated: February 13, 2017