burning and mechanical brush control are used to favor vegetation beneficial to
certain species of wildlife such as the snow goose.
levels in the three impoundments are manipulated through water control
structures and pump stations, mimicking dry and wet periods found in natural
wetlands and encouraging maximum forage production, mostly in the form of
submerged aquatic vegetation. Timely draw-down in early spring produces optimum
conditions for migrating shorebirds while flooding in late fall produces
optimum feeding areas for wintering waterfowl.
Additionally, wildlife and habitat surveys are utilized to
monitor wildlife populations, including sea turtles, waterfowl, and shorebirds,
and habitat health.
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