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SAVE THESE 2017 DATES!

  • Earth Day Fort Wayne - April 30
  • Monarch Festival - September 10
  • Frogapalooza (fundraiser) - October 20

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Pokémon GO Comes to LRWP Preserves

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)

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Please give to LRWP’s Fall Fund Drive

Can you help LRWP enhance visitor experiences at our preserves and continue our important work of wetlands preservation and education by giving to our Fall Fund Drive? You’ll make a difference for LRWP—and conservation in our community—when you choose to help with any of these needs:

  • Provide semi-permanent boardwalks to help preserve visitors’ use of several trails often under water in spring and summer. Being are able to walk without getting their feet wet will allow people to enjoy the beautiful sights and interesting wildlife of our wetlands all year long.
  • Enrich teaching in our free wetland education programs by providing binoculars for participants. This year about 6,000 children and even more adults will have fun and learn about wetlands in our free wetland education programs. We hope to purchase up to 50 pairs of binoculars to help children on school field trips or program participants of any age see birds and other distant wildlife more clearly.
  • Continue taking care of our wetlands and offering our free education programs. It takes money and staff time to provide stewardship care of our preserves for visitors and native wildlife. We need help to offer our always-free wetland programs and events, such as Earth Day Fort Wayne and Monarch Festival that attracted well over 2,000 children and adults to learn about wetlands and conservation at Eagle Marsh this year.

Please donate here, call 260-478-2515 to donate by credit card, or send your check made out to LRWP, 7209 Engle Road, Ste 200, Fort Wayne IN 46804. If you would like to direct your donation to a specific need, tell us or mark the memo line of your check: Boardwalks, Binoculars, or as needed.

All of us at LRWP thank you for your continued support.

Frogapalooza on October 22 Honors LRWP co-founder Sam Schwartz

With about 175 Frogapalooza tickets sold or sponsored, a lively crowd gathered at the Fort Wayne Country Club on October 22 to enjoy chatting with friends, bidding on silent and live auction items, eating a delicious dinner, and honoring LRWP co-founder and long-time environmentalist Sam Schwartz as a Hidden Hero of Conservation.

Presented by Phillips Financial Services, the event raised significant funding from sponsors and attendees to assist with stewardship of LRWP’s wetland preserves and its wetland education programs. A brief talk by Betsy Yankowiak, LRWP’s director of preserves and programs, made clear how important such partnerships are to the future growth of the organization.

The evening’s highlight was a presentation by LRWP board member Kathie Sessions on honoree Sam Schwartz’ life and accomplishments. Not only has Sam been a co-founder of LRWP, long-time board member, and current volunteer helping care for its wetland preserves. He has also taken important roles with many other local nature groups, restored his 17-acre farm near Leo to native prairie and forest habitat for wildlife, and built mountain trails in Arizona when he spends winters there.

Kathie announced that a plaque in Sam’s honor would be placed near a native plant garden he has established at Eagle Marsh. Her comments and Sam’s gracious response drew a standing ovation from Frogapalooza guests.

Eagle Marsh Gateway opening celebrated, all trails now open

More than 100 people joined LRWP, Ducks Unlimited and state and federal dignitaries to celebrate the opening of the new Gateway to Eagle Marsh entrance area and Continental Divide Trail on October 8. The new Eagle Marsh sign made of Indiana limestone was unveiled and several brief presentations made. During one by John Goss, Asian Carp Director of the federal construction project to prevent problematic aquatic species from crossing between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds at Eagle Marsh, one of the preserve's resident bald eagles made an appearance overhead.

At 10:30AM, the new 5K Continental Divide trail was opened for about 80 people to join 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 construction, allowing visitors to view almost the entire preserve from above. This construction slightly moved the continental divide.

A number of other trails that had been closed due to the construction were also 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.