If you shop at Amazon and opt to use AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to LRWP if that is the charitable organization of your choice. Please visit smile.amazon.com for details and take this easy step to bring more funds to LRWP. Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on smile.amazon.com at the same price.
Are you playing the new game Pokémon GO? If so, you might like to know that the entrance to Eagle Marsh on Engle Road and the statue at the Boy Scout office (west entrance to Eagle Marsh) are both Poké Stops. Plus, you can walk the trails to get the kilometers you need to hatch eggs, catch new Pokémon and see some really neat wildlife while you’re at it. Have fun and come level up at the marsh! Gotta catch ‘em all, right? And, our Arrowhead Prairie preserve on Aboite Road is a Poké Stop too. Not to mention it's beautiful right now! (Reported on LRWP's Facebook page)
Due to the nature of work performed by the LRWP staff, occasionally there are times when no one is in the office. Please call before making a special trip.
We hope you’ll join us for LRWP’s Monarch Festival at Eagle Marsh on Sunday, September 11, from noon to 4PM. At this free family-friendly event, you’ll view monarchs from egg to caterpillar to adult while learning about their life cycle and amazing 2,000-mile migration through educational presentations, displays, outdoor stations and hands-on activities for all ages. Also enjoy a stroll through spectacular wildflowers to observe these iconic butterflies nectaring or roosting only a few feet away.
To help monarchs recover from recent population declines, you’ll be given a milkweed, the only plant on which the butterflies lay their eggs, to plant at the preserve or in your home garden. You can visit a farmers market to buy native plants attractive to many pollinators, and can learn to tag monarchs to help scientists learn more about their migration. Food will be available for purchase in case you need some nurturing too.
Get up close and personal with our most majestic butterflies and enjoy this fun fall event!
Continental Divide trail to be introduced as well
Everyone is invited to join LRWP, Ducks Unlimited and their guests to celebrate the opening of the new Gateway to Eagle Marsh entrance area and Continental Divide Trail, to be held Saturday, October 8, from 10AM to noon at the Engle Road entrance to Eagle Marsh. Parking is available at Summit Brands (7201 Engle Road) and nearby areas, with handicapped parking at the Towpath Trailhead.
The celebration will kick off with the unveiling of a new Eagle Marsh entrance sign and a brief presentation recognizing those honored on two plaques at the site. One plaque identifies businesses and individuals who helped create Eagle Marsh, the largest inland urban wetland restoration in the country, by donating for its purchase and restoration. The other honors Ducks Unlimited members who have made significant contributions to wetlands conservation by supporting the Northeast Indiana Potholes Program. Refreshments will be provided by the Indiana Wildlife Federation.
At 10:30AM, the new 5K Continental Divide trail will be opened for an inaugural hike with Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s Director of Preserves and Programs. Much of the trail is on top the Graham-McCulloch Ditch berm enlarged during last year’s federal construction project at Eagle Marsh, allowing visitors to view almost the entire preserve from above. This construction slightly moved the continental divide.
Thanks to all the LRWP members who supported the Eagle Marsh Gateway project. Other major partners in this project are Ducks Unlimited and the Lupke Foundation, with important in-kind donations from the Hagerman Group, Vintage Archonics, McComb Family Foundation, Birkmeier and Sons Monument Company, Crosby Excavating, Erie Haven Concrete, and Harlow Enterprises.
A number of other trails that had been closed due to the above construction will also be reopened at the event. Hikes on the Continental Divide trail (Trail 5) and Eagle Marsh Trail 8 are part of the Allen County Trailblazers program.
Get ready for an evening of fun and fundraising at LRWP’s Frogapalooza 2016, presented by Phillips Financial Services, at 6PM on Saturday, October 22 at the Fort Wayne Country Club. You’ll help us honor LRWP co-founder and long-time environmentalist Sam Schwartz as a Hidden Hero of Conservation.
The event will begin with drinks (cash bar), hors d’oeuvres and a chance to bid on silent auction items from art and entertainment packages to hard-to-get sports tickets. After dinner, a live auction will offer getaways, a unique visit to our honoree’s farm restored to wildlife habitat, and more. A brief presentation on Sam’s many contributions to nature in Indiana and beyond will follow.
Tickets are $100 per person, $800 for a table of eight or $1,000 for a table of ten. Call 260-478-2515 during business hours to pay by credit card or mail your check to LRWP, 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne IN 46804. Be sure to indicate dinner preferences for yourselves and your guests: Chicken Chardonnay, pan-seared Atlantic salmon, or wild-mushroom Napoleon.
Watch soon for more details and a list of Frogapalooza auction items to date.
The trails closed during last year’s construction at Eagle Marsh may look like they’re ready for visitors since a cover crop of native Virginia rye has begun to appear. But looks are deceptive—they’re still closed, probably until fall. That’s when permanent native plants, to be seeded this spring, will be well enough established to prevent erosion of the berm and provide habitat for native wildlife.
Still open are Trails 1 and 2 at the west end of the preserve; Trails 7, 8 and 9 east of the gravel road leading to the barn; and the southern part of Trail 6. We appreciate everyone’s consideration in staying off construction area trails until they reopen.
Walk or bike the Towpath Trail past the northeast corner of Engle Road and Smith Road in Fort Wayne, and you will see signs identifying the site as part of Eagle Marsh. It will soon be deeded to LRWP, but the government’s work of restoring the property to wetland continues, with the presence of heavy equipment, seeding, and planting expected until midsummer. This 38-acre addition, which is two acres larger than we were originally told, brings the size of our favorite preserve to a whopping 754 acres.