Jim Jolly, program manager with Brown County Land and Conservation Department, is scheduled to discuss efforts to restore wetlands and re-establish Northern Pike spawning areas along the west shore of Green Bay at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, at the Rendezvous southwest of Luxemburg.
The west shore of Green Bay has some of the most productive habitat remaining in the Great Lakes system.
Small perennial and intermittent streams and connected wetlands provide high-quality fish spawning and rearing habitat, especially for Northern Pike which reside in Green Bay as adults. Many other wildlife species, from songbirds to waterfowl, also benefit from this type of habitat. Green Bay's ecosystem however has been severely disrupted by wetland loss.
The scarcity of top predator species such as Northern Pike has been recognized as a significant problem in the waters of the Bay. With more than 70 percent of historic wetlands along the west shore lost, the Brown County Land and Conservation Department has been busy the last six years actively restoring these wetlands.
Their completed projects are now allowing them to monitor Northern Pike reproduction in the expanded wetlands areas. Jolly will discuss the project goals and the progress made through the department's habitat restoration project.
The Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen are sponsoring Jolly's presentation which is free and open to the public.
A light meal will be provided to those who register in advance. Reservations can be made by calling Jerry Haegele at (920) 487-3374, Doug Thompson at (920) 366-8050 or email name and number of reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 9.