We are making progress to return Dodd Reservoir to native prairie, providing habitat for native and migrating birds as well as prairie wildlife. Periodic updates are being posted here, in chronologial order.
Though we do not fit the parameters for the WHIP grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA for this year, they will stay on for technical support and information. Their help is very important in this complicated process. Our Board has committed $6,000 for this project ($5,000 from reserves plus $1000 for signage from Precision Plumbing). Since prairie dog fencing is quite expensive, we will be looking for other partners and extra support from our members. We hope that we can raise an amount equal to the $6000.00 the Board has pledged. We are also looking forward to some outstanding times at Dodd with old and new friends from our organization.
Results of 2013 restoration efforts:
Plans for 2014:
This is an exciting project, and we have the right technical team on board. We need lots of hands and energy.
The Audubon Youth Naturalists have already agreed to set up the transects, do bird, butterfly and dragonfly counts, identify shoreline tracks, sample water quality and pick up barbed wire and other discarded junk. They will also help with the tree planting and prairie dog fencing.
Dodd Reservoir Update for October 2014:
1. Native seed and forb will be planted late October 2014.2. Dodd Reservoir has been selected to participate in a Canada Thistle bio-control study with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The restoration plan at Dodd includes using the most environmentally conscious techniques that are possible in the restoration process. So, when John Kaltenbach notified us that a rust fungus (Puccinia punctiformis) had been approved for field studies as a bio-control agent for Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), we were excited about an herbicide-free Canada Thistle control. This host-specific pathogen causes the early spring shoots of the thistle to be weak and leggy with undersides covered with spores. These gangly shoots fall over and infect nearby rust- free plants. As with most bio-control agents, the host is not eradicated but able to be maintained with mechanical measures such as mowing, grazing or fire. Colorado Department of Agriculture will follow the plot at Dodd for 2 years and will keep us informed about the research from the plots around the state.