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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)
We're pleased that black-crowned night herons, endangered in Indiana, have been breeding at Eagle Marsh. Recently three adults and three juveniles were seen together at the preserve and at another time, four adults were spotted. The distinctively marked black, grey and white herons roost in trees during the day and come out at dusk to feed. (See photo on the home page).
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.
Click here for more details and a list of Frogapalooza auction items to date.
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.
On a sunny Sunday, September 11th, almost 1,000 adults and children visited Eagle Marsh to attend LRWP’s sixth annual Monarch Festival. Besides viewing live monarchs from caterpillars to adults, they participated in dozens of educational activities to learn about the butterflies’ unique life cycle and amazing 2,000-mile migration. Many strolled through ten-foot-tall native wildflowers in bloom to observe monarchs and other butterflies in the wild.
Some participants volunteered to plant hundreds of milkweeds, the only plants on which monarchs lay their eggs, in an area of the preserve disturbed by recent construction. As another way to help monarchs recover from recent population declines, others took home a whorled, swamp or butterfly milkweed to start or enhance their butterfly gardens.
Many visitors purchased native plants, honey or artwork from a pollinators’ farmers market at the event. Some tagged and released close to 50 butterflies as part of a University of Kansas citizen science project.
Monarch butterflies weren’t the only spectacular sights in the sky that afternoon. Later in the day, Thunderbirds and other stunt airplanes from the nearby Fort Wayne Air Show put on their own display over Eagle Marsh.
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.