Cattail Awareness

 

Cattails, also known as bulrushes, “Tule” in Spanish, or “Corndog Grass” to some (I like to call them that once in a while), are important plants of freshwater wetlands. Cattails most frequently grow along the edges of ponds and in shallow water and provide a number of benefits to the environment, wildlife, and historically also to humans, but can spread with force and can very well eventually take over a wetland resulting in lower species diversity and water flow. Due to their sometimes invasive nature, and depending on the setting, cattail populations can become problematic and require management from time to time. Such is the case at the SPI Birding and Nature Center and many other city, state, and federal parks with artificially constructed wetlands.  Careful and regular cattail management can improve overall pond health and biodiversity, wildlife viewing opportunities, and can serve as a chance to also do maintena