This week, conservation professionals and volunteers from UW-Green Bay, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and UW-Madison Division of Extension seeded 2,000 pounds of rice across the coastal wetlands of the Bay of Green Bay.
What a view! Fall colors are starting to turn in UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. These were take on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
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– Photos by Sue Pischke
The UW-Green Bay is spearheading a project that involves studying the area’s water quality, habitat and other features. Read more via Research reserve looks for county support | Door County Daily News.
The city of Green Bay is working with The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other conservation partners on a project to improve opportunities for hiking, bird-watching, fishing and looking out over the Bay of Green Bay. More via Construction project ongoing at Ken Euers Nature Area | WLUK-TV.
Good for the water and its inhabitants, UW-Green Bay is in partnership with another organizations to restore wild rice to the bay of Green Bay. WFRV has the story.
Media members welcome to join boats, or view seeding from an observation point on land, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
GREEN BAY – A team of conservation professionals and volunteers from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, along with the UW-Extension, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and others, will seed 2,000 lbs. of wild rice at various sites in the bay of Green Bay from Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 through Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. This year marks the third year of the seeding effort as part of the restoration project, informed by the UW-Green Bay aquatic vegetation research in lower Green Bay.
Wild rice benefits waterfowl as an important food source during fall migration and contributes to fish nursery habitat and ecological diversity in coastal wetlands. Wild rice also holds important human traditional and cultural value, particularly for some Native American tribes. Historical records suggest the wetland plant occurred widely throughout Green Bay, but has been uncommon to rare in the bay in recent decades. Rice re-establishment is one of a series of restoration projects in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore to enhance coastal wetland habitat for fish and wildlife and improve the health of the bay.
Participants will hand-seed the rice at six sites in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore on the following dates:
- Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 – Seagull Bar State Natural Area and Peshtigo River (Marinette Co.)
- Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 – Longtail Point and Dead Horse Bay
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018- Lower Green Bay- Duck Creek and Peters Marsh
- Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – Oconto Sportsmen’s Club (Oconto Co.)
- Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – Point au Sable, UW-Green Bay
Media members are welcome to join on the boats, or view seeding from an observation point on land on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. To reserve a space or get more information about the project, contact Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator Amy Carrozzino-Lyon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 920-465-5029.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
Despite headlines about a dead zone, phragmites, PCBs and other ailments in the lower bay, local environmentalists found plenty of positives as part of the second annual “Bringing Back the Bay” tour, in which about 80 people got to tour habitat restoration areas along the western shore. Among the sites visited were wetland preservation, northern pike habitat restoration efforts and Cat Island Chain developments that have benefited from UWGB faculty, staff and student involvement. Researchers Patrick Robinson and Tom Prestby were mentioned in a Press-Gazette story.