Is this why? Bur-reeds live in our wetlands. They're among all those wonderful plants that help keep things in place and help clean things up for us. Otherwise, they're mostly appreciated by muskrats, which eat the whole plant, and by a variety of marsh birds that eat the seeds. Those latter include snipes, which otherwise mostly eat invertebrates they catch in the mud. So, is this why I didn't catch any snipes all those years ago? I didn't have the right bait in the sack? Giant bur-reed grows in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY(E), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH(T), NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on GL and SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 7/20/11. Cat-tail family, Typhaceae.