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SAVE THESE 2016 DATES!

  • Wine on the Wetlands (fundraiser) - August 5
  • Monarch Festival at Eagle Marsh - September 11
  • Frogapalooza 2016 (fundraiser) - October 22

Arrowhead Marsh Eagle Nest Relocated

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.

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Please Renew your Membership or Join LRWP Now

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:

  • On the Marsh quarterly newsletter mailed to your home
  • Window cling featuring LRWP’s frog logo
  • 10% discount on Wine on the Wetlands tickets (August 5)
  • 10% discount on LRWP merchandise (T-shirts, hats, etc.)
  • Invited to attend LRWP’s annual meeting (June 15) and elect board members
  • Wetland Guardian donors receive added recognition and are invited to special events

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!

Join Us for Wine on the Wetlands August 5

The recipe for a perfect summer evening: blend award-winning wines from local wineries with music, light hors d’oeuvres, and the beauty of Eagle Marsh in full bloom.

That’s exactly what LRWP is cooking up on Friday, August 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at its Wine on the Wetlands fundraiser at Eagle Marsh. Presented by Aqua Indiana with additional support from 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, the event will take place at the Eagle Marsh barn and under a large tent nearby. Dress is casual.

While guests sip wines from WINE TOUR wineries of Indiana’s Northeast, Kenny Bergle of Musical Therapy Laboratory with special guest DJ Benny Bergle will provide background music. Food will also be available for purchase. All who wish to can take a guided walk to see the marsh at dusk, and everyone will receive a commemorative wine glass.

Reserve your place ($35 per guest) here, send a check to LRWP, 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne IN 46804 or call 260-478-2515 during business hours to pay by credit card. This fundraiser helps support LRWP’s wetland preserves and free nature education programs.

 

Board Members, Officers Elected

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.

Berm Project Completion at Eagle Marsh Celebrated

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.

Eagle Marsh Construction Areas Still Need to Re-establish Habitat

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.

Restoration of New Eagle Marsh Property to Wetland Continues

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.