FISH AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION
IN LIBERTY BAY
Here's some facts about our
bay & watershed:
Liberty Bay is an important estuary
for smoltification of juvenile salmon
(chinook, coho, chum) and freshwater bound adult migration. Salmon populations
are hovering just above the point of extinction. Preservation of Liberty
Bay’s ecosystem is dependent on preserving the native
vegetation and revegetating with plants that will provide habitat
that support them in a healthy nearshore environment. Some other species
known to use these extraordinary waters are also proposed for listing as
threatened or endangered. Check out RELATED
LINKS for more games & information about endangered species.
Remember that endangered means there's still time!!
Liberty Bay is used by rare, endangered,
highly regarded species, and unique plant communities and estuarine habitats.
Promoting citizen stewardship and protection of these habitats will always
be beneficial to both wildlife and water quality. The smelt population
has been reduced by 50% over historic levels due to loss of preferred inter-tidal
spawning substrate. Bald
Eagles once frequenting the Liberty Bay area are not returning
due to reduced fish population. Sea Otter population is dwindling - we
found another skull while beachcombing just today - and spotting Blue Herons
is harder in recent years. Planting native plants and reducing impacts
to processes will prevent loss of more intertidal substrate used
by bottomfish, Pacific herring, Surf Smelt, and candlefish. Educating
waterfront homeowners against the use of creosote on docks and
removal of vegetation in beach uplands (for creation of view corridors)
will prevent the destruction of habitat for fish (Cutthroat Trout, Pacific
Cod, Rock Sole,Sand Sole, Skates, Sculpins, Spiny dogfish), and disrupting
beach processes. Eighteen species of ducks, including all five species
of cavity nesting ducks, are common in this watershed and require woody
vegetation in order to survive. Improving water quality necessary for ALL
LIVING THINGS and increasing abundance of native vegetation will improve
and protect habitat for many mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and
insects found within these habitats.
For some really fun ways to begin
your career as a JUNIOR WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
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Department of Fish and Wildlife
For more information about Fish
and Wildlife in the State of Washington
and ways we can protect our precious
resources and help with salmon recovery
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