Dismayed at the decline of ducks in the late 1800s due in part to unregulated hunting and wetland destruction, hunters began planting Manoomin all over Michigan trying to attract waterfowl. The effort continued into the 1930s with little to no success. Here is the story of tossing rice and hoping it grows.
Barb Barton, Endangered Species Consulting
Manoomin (wild rice) has been a part of Barb's life since 2008, when she was introduced to the sacred plant and taught about the traditions. She has dedicated herself to educating people about the need to preserve and restore Manoomin and has authored a book on the story of Manoomin in Michigan which will be released in 2017. Barb is an endangered species biologist, wild foods foragers, and singer songwriter who celebrates all things Michigan.