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)
Bald eagles that have raised young at Arrowhead Marsh for the past two years have moved to a new nest nearby. The eagle pair that raised young at Eagle Marsh for the past three years have lost their nest in a dispute with a great horned owl, although they're still hanging out at the marsh--watch our Facebook page for the latest news.
Member donations enable LRWP to provide ongoing stewardship care of all our wetland preserves, serve more than 12,000 children and adults annually in our free wetland education programs, and cover our basic operating expenses. We greatly appreciate this vital support.
Can we count on your help now to continue our important work? Unless you’ve already given in 2016, please renew or become a new LRWP member at any amount from $25 to higher. Contributions of $25 to $499 allow LRWP to care for our current preserves and offer our free wetland nature programs for the next year.
Wetland Guardian donors (those giving $500 or more) help LRWP maintain its preserves and programs and plan for future land acquisition or expanded programming.
For your renewal of $25 or more, you’ll receive these member perks:
Please support our preserves and programs by donating here, sending a check to LRWP at 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne IN 46804 , or calling 260-478-2515 to give by credit card. Thank you!
LRWP's Wine on the Wetlands (August 5) has been cancelled. If you've already purchased a ticket, please call the LRWP office at 260-478-2515.
At LRWP’s annual meeting on June 15, the following board members were re-elected for three year terms: Patrick Hess (assists with legal matters); Judy Nelsen (board secretary, executive and development committees); Tom Russell (executive and development committees); Mary Tonne (finance committee); and Dennis White (land conservation and property stewardship committees).
At the board meeting that immediately followed, board officers were elected or re-elected: Bill Etzler, President; Pat Hess, Vice President; Marcia Futter, Treasurer; and Judy Nelsen, Secretary. Board members elected or re-elected to LRWP’s executive committee, which is chaired by the board president, were Marcia Futter, Pat Hess, Judy Nelsen, Tom Russell and Marlene Sloat.
At a mid-May gathering, officials who worked on the approximately $4.4 million-dollar federal construction project at Eagle Marsh as well as those who wanted to learn more about it celebrated the completion of this innovative effort to prevent Asian carp and other problematic aquatic species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. Begun in 2014 after extensive planning, the project primarily involved building a taller and much wider berm on the east side of the Graham-McCulloch Ditch at Eagle Marsh all the way from Engle Road to the railroad tracks on the southwest side of the preserve.
LRWP received the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife Partners in Conservation Award for our staff’s help with planning and facilitating the project.
The larger berm 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.
Nearly 45 acres impacted by the construction have been sown with native plants and five acres of trees replanted to replace those lost. While some trails will remain closed (see article above) until these plants are established, visitors will eventually benefit from improvements such as a 5K trail along the top of the berm and an additional parking area (used for construction equipment) remaining for our use.
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.