Bird Sanctuary/Game Reserve- Wildlife Viewing
The Southwest end of Sprague Lake in Adams County is a Game Reserve and Wildlife Haven. This sanctuary provides a peaceful and enjoyable year-round experience.
Spring: The migrating, courtship, and nesting begins.
Watch for: sand cranes, canada geese, grebes, song birds, black-crowned night-herons, robins, American bittern, and several western & pied-billed ducks: mallard, gadwall, red head, ruddy duck, lesser scaup, canvas back, and wood duck. Also see ring-necked pheasants and quail.
Summer: The hatching, birthing, rearing, and feeding continues.
Watch for: yellow breasted black birds, red tail and rough leg hawks, red wing black birds, wrens, sparrows, king birds, white pelicans, California and ring-billed gulls, rare sabin gull, and terns. Also observe the ground squirrels.
Fall: Time for migrating and feeding.
Watch for: ducks, geese, pelicans, hawks, and song birds.
Winter: More migration.
Watch for: American bald eagles and coyotes, along with ducks and geese.
Zebra Mussel - Alert
You can zap the zebra mussel and stop its westward spread by not moving water, plants, or zebra mussels from one waterway to another.
The zebra mussel:
Since their introduction to the Great Lakes in 1986 in ships' ballast water, zebra mussels have quickly spread and are now found in at least twenty States and two Canadian Provinces.
- damages boat engines
- threatens native mussels, fish and wildlife by consuming available food and smothering native mussels
- costs taxpayers millions of dollars by clogging power plant and public water intakes and pipes
- can grow up to 2" (5 cm) but is ordinarily about as big as your fingernail
- commonly has alternating dark and light stripes
- produces young that are too small to see but can be felt on your boat and found in plants that get tangled on your propeller and trailer
- as it grows larger, can be seen attached, usually in clusters, to hard surfaces like water pipes and boats
- can be found hiding in bilges, live wells and motors
The primary way zebra mussels will spread westward is on trailered boats. Whether your boat has been in infested waters for one dayor one yearit could be carrying zebra mussels. A female can release up to one million eggs each season so transporting just one zebra mussel can spell trouble for western waters and your boat!
As a general practice, washing and scrubbing your boat and its equipment, and allowing it to completely dry between uses will prevent the spread of zebra mussels and plants.
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN REPORTING ZEBRA MUSSEL SIGHTINGS AT NEW LOCATIONS IS ESSENTIAL TO HELP PREVENT ITS SPREAD TO OTHER LAKES AND RIVERS!
How to Identify It
What to Do
- Zebra mussels look like small clams with a yellowish or brownish "D"-shaped shell, usually with dark- and light-colored stripes (hence the name "zebra")
- The zebra mussels is the ONLY freshwater mollusc that can firmly attach itself to solid objectsdockpilings, boat hulls, water intake pipes, etc.
- Note the date and precise locations where the mussel or its shell(s) were found
- Take the mussel with you (several, if possible) and store in rubbing alcohol (in any case, DON'T throw it back in the water)
- IMMEDIATELY call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at (360) 902-2200 or contact the nearest Sea Grant office
You can find a wealth of information about this destructive pest along with descriptions of efforts to fight the zebra mussel, on the internet.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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