[Tweeters] Wylie Slough - recovering?

jimbetz at jimbetz.com jimbetz at jimbetz.com
Thu Mar 31 09:52:18 PDT 2022


I went to Wylie Slough 3 or 4 months ago. The "mitigation" they did to
the "exotic cattails" had completely devastated the area and there were
almost no birds other than a few ducks.

Have the wetlands started to recover? I'm talking about the vegetation
areas that used to be cattails. Any signs of life at all in those areas?
Does anyone have any educated guesses as to how long it will be before
we will start to see the area "coming back"? For example - we used to
see lots of Red-winged Blackbirds, Marsh Wrens, etc. ... even some harder
to spot green herons have been reported.
The last time I was there (after mitigation) I saw zero Great Blue Herons
which is very uncommon for Wylie. Similarly, it seemed like the Bald Eagle
nest was abandoned/not occupied. Only a few gulls and a few ducks and
that was it. How sad compared to before they sprayed.
Does anyone know if they intend to plant the desirable cattail species
or are they just going to let it recover on its own?
- Jim in Burlington

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