News Briefs

LRWP is currently recruiting a new Accountant/Administrative Support Specialist

LRWP is seeking a candidate who has completed an Associate Degree, is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or has two years relevant experience with a strong background in accounting/bookkeeping. Knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite; e-Tapestry and Mail Chimp experience is a plus. The Accountant/Administrative Support Specialist is responsible for general accounting and analysis of financial statements. Manage database of donor, grant, and membership contributions. Provide administrative support to the Executive Director, Director of Preserves and Programs, and the Environmental Outreach Education Coordinator. This position is approximately 50% accounting/50% administrative tasks. A full job description is available at www.lrwp.org/AA

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@lrwp.org. Once you have submitted your information online, please call the office at 260-478-2515 and let them know that you have submitted your resume. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Construction causes trail closings at Eagle Marsh

The construction project at Eagle Marsh has begun. While it may shut down in winter, the following trail closings will continue until further notice: (See trail map).

  • Trails 3, 4, and 5 are closed indefinitely -Trails 3 and 4 are between the gravel road leading to the barn and the Graham-McCulloch Ditch. Trail 5 is further west past the existing Asian carp barrier fence.
  • Trail 6 will be partially closed indefinitely - this trail is near the existing Asian carp barrier fence.
  • Trails 1,2, 7, 8, and 9 are open - Trails 1 and 2 are at the west end of Eagle Marsh. Trails 7, 8 and 9 are east of the gravel road leading to the barn.

Bald eagles raising young, 228th bird seen

Eagle Marsh's bald eagles are raising young again at their nest on the border of the preserve. Also a common merganser, seen during the spring waterfowl migration, marks the 228th bird species identified so far at Eagle Marsh.

Save these dates for 2015!

  • Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh - April 26
  • Wine on the Wetlands - June 19
  • Monarch Festival at Eagle Marsh - September 12
  • Frogapalooza 2015 - October 23

News Updates

Celebrate Earth Day Fort Wayne on April 26

Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh on Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m. will be the biggest and best yet, because this year we’ll also celebrate LRWP’s 25th anniversary by honoring the donors of our new 25-acre Buttonbush Bottoms preserve there. Earth Day became an international occasion the same year, 1990, that LRWP was founded by a group of citizens who became concerned that 85% of Indiana’s wetlands had been destroyed and decided to do something about it.

This free community event will take place on Engle Road in front of Eagle Marsh and at the preserve itself. It will feature:

  • Booths of presenting sponsors AEP/Indiana Michigan Power, Aqua Indiana, GM, NIPSCO, OmniSource and Wells Fargo showcasing their support of conservation
  • Booths of up to 30 local environmental groups, including LRWP, that will provide information about their work on behalf of nature and conservation
  • Demonstrations of native raptors (owls, hawks) by Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab
  • Other booths providing nature or conservation information
  • Presentations by experts on a variety of nature topics
  • Interactive nature education stations for all ages
  • Free colorful Earth Day Fort Wayne T-shirts to the first 200 attendees
  • Many activities for children, including face-painting and crafts
  • Food vendors and bike racks for attendees

Thanks to all the generous sponsors of Earth Day Fort Wayne:

AEP/Indiana Michigan Power, Aqua Indiana, GM, NIPSCO, OmniSource, Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities, 3 Rivers, Coventry Meadows, Fort Wayne Metals, Summit City Chevrolet, Allegra Print & Imaging, Republic Services

LRWP Acquires New Preserve

Hummingbird on Buttonbush, by Henry Domke

LRWP has acquired 25-acre Buttonbush Bottoms, our newest preserve, just as we begin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of LRWP’s founding in 2015. The restored wetland, located on Amber Road between Eagle Marsh and Arrowhead Marsh, was donated by Denyel Bond and her mother, Patricia Hulse. Both will be honored at LRWP’s Earth Day Fort Wayne event at Eagle Marsh on April 26.

Buttonbush, a native shrub found at the preserve, has fragrant white flower heads attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. “Bottoms” describes low-lying land along a waterway, aptly fitting the property’s habitat of ephemeral ponds and wet prairie filled with native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers. Later this year, after work has been done to manage invasive plants in some areas, a loop trail will be developed to welcome visitors.

“We are very grateful to Ms. Bond and Ms. Hulse for their generous gift of land so close to several of our existing preserves,” says LRWP executive director Amy Silva. “Wildlife will be able to move easily between these protected areas to find food and places to raise young.”

LRWP also thanks all who gave to our 2014 fall fund drive to help with acquisition costs and needed stewardship work at Buttonbush Bottoms, LRWP’s fifth nature preserve in the area.

Major berm construction begins at Eagle Marsh

After several years of planning by federal and state agencies, with the help of LRWP staff, the several-million-dollar berm construction project at Eagle Marsh has begun. One of the first tasks completed was a special fence to keep turtles (especially endangered Blanding’s turtles known to live at Eagle Marsh) and snakes from hibernating in the berm along the east side of the Graham-McCulloch Ditch, which will be under construction before they might awaken. Also, some trails at the preserve have been closed to visitors (see News Briefs).

During construction, the berm along the east side of the Graham-McCulloch Ditch at Eagle Marsh will be widened to about 80 feet and built about two feet higher in most places. This larger barrier is designed to make sure that when the St Marys River (which flows toward Lake Erie) experiences a significant flood event and sends water back down Junk Ditch into Eagle Marsh, it will not mix with high water from the Graham-McCulloch Ditch, which flows toward the Wabash.

The soil used to enlarge the berm will come from digging out and widening several existing ponds at Eagle Marsh. LRWP preferred not to use soils from elsewhere, which can contain seeds of invasive plants.

After the construction is complete--in 2015 if all goes according to plan—the new berm will be seeded with grasses and LRWP will be responsible for its routine maintenance. The chain-linked fence, built earlier at Eagle Marsh to prevent Asian carp from moving to the Great Lakes watershed during a major flood event, will also be removed and a smaller fence installed in the berm near the railroad tracks.

While this major disruption of our preserve will be uncomfortable, we understand the need to fight problematic invasive species, just as we must always combat non-native invasive plants at our properties.