Wild Rice Flourishes along Jug Bay

Working over the past 12 years, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – Maryland and Patuxent River Park have succeeded in restoring many of Jug Bay’s stands of wild rice, which are key plants in the wetlands and a major food source for migratory birds such as the secretive marsh sora rails. More than 80 percent of the marsh area that had been lost chiefly to goose overgrazing has been restored to wild rice plantings. This achievement was made possible by reducing the goose population, installing enclosure fencing, and the planting efforts of dozens of interns and volunteers over the years. (2016)

Partners: Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Patuxent River Park