Gloyd Seeps Plantings
Willapa Bay Eelgrass
In 2011, commercial shellfish growers in Willapa Bay successfully lobbied the Pacific County Noxious Weed Control Board to get Japanese eelgrass (Zostera japonica) listed as a noxious weed in the county. In 2012 the County listing was broadened to statewide by the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board. These weed listings were sought in concert with application by commercial shellfish growers for a licence to spray the herbicide Imazamox on Japanese eelgrass in their clambeds, where it has become a nuisance, making difficult the harvest of imported manilla clams. It currently appears a permit will be provied by the Washington State Department of Ecology for the spraying of Imazamox on commercial clamshell beds only.
WWA has wor
ked for nearly three years to assure that state agencies understand the importance of Japanese eelgrass to waterfowl, particularly wigeon (see photo). As part of this effort, and at the urging of WWA, WDFW began waterfowl counts in Willapa Bay for the first time in many years, and WDFW and WWA have gathered all available historic waterfowl count data from the region to better understand changing duck population numbers in Willapa Bay. This data also will allow us to monitor the potential impacts of eelgrass spraying, over time.
WWA understands and appreciates that the spraying of Imazamox likely will help commercial shellfish growers increase their production of, and profit from, manilla clams. Our concern is that widespread spraying of Japanese eelgrass could lead to noticable reductions in available waterfowl food (carrying capacity), particularly in Willapa Bay, but potentially in other estuarine areas of the state.
Our thanks go to member Ross Barkhust for his years of observation and knowledge of eelgrass and waterfowl in Willapa Bay and his strong support of WWA and its goals.
Grant County Quality Hunt Enhancement
Dove Plot Plantings
Wood Duck Nesting Boxes and Mallard Nest Tubes
Most chapters place and monitor wood duck nest boxes and nesting tubes each year, usually in late winter. In the mid-2000's WWA obtained a grant from WDFW and now maintains a statewide wood duck nest box database. Anyone monitoring wood duck nest boxes can provide the data to WWA for inclusion in the statewide database. the best way to become involved in this program is to attend a local WWA Chapter meeting. If you would like to build or place your own wood duck nest boxes or mallard nest tubes check out the plans and data sheet links below.
Wood Duck Nest Box Plans
Mallard Nest Tube Plans
Download the Wood Duck Nest Box Data Form, available in PDF format.
Commercially Available Wood Duck Boxes: