News Briefs


  • Earth Day Fort Wayne - Postponed due to weather until September 10
  • Monarch Festival - September 10
  • Frogapalooza (fundraiser) - October 21

Volunteering at Monarch Festival, September 10

Want to help LRWP throw a celebration of the migration of the monarch butterfly? If you're interested in a two or three hour shift, we’ll need help with set-up, parking, education stations, greeting, information stations, clean up, and more. Shifts will tentatively be: 9 to 11:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., noon to 3 p.m., 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. and 4:45 to 7:30 p.m., with a few likely needed earlier (7 to 8 a.m.). You can email Freya Berntson at for more information, or to sign up.

Give to LRWP with AmazonSmile

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 for details and take this easy step to bring more funds to LRWP. Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on at the same price.

Dana Claussen new wetland education coordinator

Dana Claussen, a University of Saint Francis senior graduating this May and a former LRWP wetland education intern, has begun work as our new wetland education coordinator. Dana replaces Liz Hincks, who accepted a position at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in January. Please welcome Dana the next time you attend a LRWP event!

News Updates


With heavy rain and thunderstorms predicted for Sunday, April 30, the Earth Day Fort Wayne event scheduled for 1-5 that afternoon has been postponed. Little River Wetlands Project will move the event and combine it with the group’s annual Monarch Festival, to be held September 10.

LRWP’s Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the membership of the LRWP will be held at 6:30 pm on June 21, 2017 in the offices of LRWP at, 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN. The agenda is as follows: 1. Welcome, call to order; 2. Election of Board members; 3. Approval of the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation; 4. Amendment to the bylaws; and 5. Adjourn.

Those running for board positions include: John Goss, Deb Guebard, Susie Meyer, Mark Jordan, and Brian Troutt.


  1. Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Little River Wetlands Project, Inc.
  2. Articles of Restatement of The Articles of Incorporation of Little River Wetlands Project, Inc.
  3. The Amended and Restated ByLaws of Little River Wetlands Project, Inc. 2017

New Eagle Marsh site honors the Barrett family

A 38-acre parcel recently added to Eagle Marsh has been named in honor of the James Barrett family, long-time benefactors of LRWP. The James Barrett Family site of Eagle Marsh, at the northeast corner of Smith and Engle Roads, is a mitigation property replacing 12 acres at Eagle Marsh covered over during recent federal construction. When James Barrett III passed away in 2011, his estate (which included inheritances from James Barrett I and II) made a considerable bequest to our organization.

Eagle Marsh, already the largest inland urban wetland restoration in the U.S., is 756 acres with the addition of the new site. Nine acres there consist of natural wooded wetlands where many kinds of ducks, great egrets and sandhill cranes have been seen. In the past year a federal program cleared invasive plants in this area and restored the other 29 acres to open marsh and wet prairie by seeding them with native grasses, sedges, and wildflowers.

James Barrett III was one of the founders of both LRWP and Acres Land Trust and, with wife Patricia, provided support to LRWP from its early years until his death. A lawyer and champion of the environment, he drafted the Indiana Nature Preserves Act under which more than 200 Indiana natural areas have been dedicated.