UW-Green Bay community restores wild rice to conserve aquatic wildlife
To improve ecosystems and strengthen coastal wetland habitats, the UW-Green Bay community help seed the lower Green Bay with wild rice.Image By: Courtesy of Creative Commons
Now in its third year, UW-Green Bay is participating in a restoration project that seeds wild rice in various sites of the bay to improve ecosystems and strengthen coastal wetland habitats.
Enthusiastic volunteers and professionals from UW-Extension, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources along with UW-Green Bay researchers and students formed a partnership to reestablish 2,000 pounds of rice.
Six conservation boats set out toward the Lower Green Bay area to spread the rice over 19 acres in hopes of germination and providing a potential food source for wildlife.
"Looking at the various biological factors that we have been measuring all summer, and comparing them between our seeded sites and see which sites are doing better," said Jane Arneson, a UW-Green Bay graduate student.
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