Nesting Habitat on Copper Creek Reservoir
As regular readers of this blog know, we have been working for several years at Lava Lake Main Ranch to restore Copper Creek to a more natural state to benefit wildlife, especially riparian birds. One aspect of that effort is to capture more spring runoff water in the upper reaches of Copper Canyon so that we can save some water to release into the creek during the dry months. To that end, last fall we improved the small reservoir above our alfalfa fields. Mastermind biologist Alan Sands included two islands in the design to provide nesting habitat for ducks and geese.
This week Alan, Tess, Pedro and I planted 75 bulrushes along the edge of the islands to help stabilize them against wave erosion. (Yes, waves – that tells you something about how strong the winds are out here! You can’t quite surf, but almost.) The bulrushes should spread on their own over time to provide a nice buffer for the islands.
Cloud cover and a brief shower saved us from the heat and it was a fun morning of work.