Events & programs

World wetlands day 2021

World Wetlands Day 2021

Tuesday, February 2

Wetlands in our community and throughout the world provide vital habitat for a great diversity of plant and animal communities. Without wetlands, many species cannot survive including a number of birds, reptiles, and amphibian species that can be found here in northeast Indiana.  

World Wetlands Day celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with the theme “Wetlands and Water” under the leadership of the Convention on Wetlands, also known as the Ramsar Convention (www.ramsar.org). 

To celebrate on a local level, partners throughout Allen County are hosting events to showcase why wetlands are an important habitat in our community. Partners include Little River Wetlands Project, ACRES Land Trust, the City of Fort Wayne, and the Environmental Resources Center at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Schedule of Events:

9am to 10am—ACRES, Mengerson Urban Preserve hike, at 5895 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne. Celebrate World Wetlands Day on the trails! Join us on a casual hike to learn about how this urban preserve absorbs stormwater runoff and provides a sanctuary for plants and animals. The trails at this forested wetland are often muddy, please dress appropriately. Space is limited. RSVP to outreach@acreslandtrust.org or 260-637-2273 by February 1.

​11:30am – City of Fort Wayne, Camp Scott hike, at 3615 Oxford Street, Fort Wayne. Join the City of Fort Wayne at Camp Scott Wetlands for a walk through this unique inner city constructed wetlands. Learn why the City constructed this wetlands and how it treats stormwater runoff and is now home for a diversity of wildlife. RSVPs are not required for this hike!​

​1pm to 2:30pm – The Little River Wetlands Project, Eagle Marsh hike and seed scatter, at 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. On this hike we will explore our incredible, local wetland and learn all about why wetlands are important for wildlife and the community. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss. Please dress for the weather, rubber boots are recommended. Face coverings are required. Attendance is limited. Click here to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

​4pm – The Environmental Center Macroinvertebrates: Big Players in a Little Wet World. Join Deanne Zepp from the Environmental Resources Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne for this virtual presentation. Aquatic macroinvertebrates may be small, but they play a huge role in maintaining a healthy wetland, from cycling nutrients to acting as a food source. Their presence (or absence) gives us clues to the ecological state of aquatic systems. Learn about a dragonfly nymph’s lightning-fast hunting style, how midge larvae survive in low oxygen water, and other facts about the fascinating lives of these wee creatures. Please RSVP by emailing erc@pfw.edu.

​7pm – Wetlands: Nature’s Kidneys. Listen to and chat with Bruce Kingsbury and Robert Gillespie from the Environmental Resources Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne during this virtual presentation. Wetlands are not only wildlife wonderlands, they are also important filters of nutrients and pollutants. We will celebrate wetlands in general and then focus on how they help to keep the surrounding landscape, headwaters, and streams clean. After the presentation, there will be time for Q and A and general discussion. Please RSVP by emailing erc@pfw.edu.