Everyone is invited to tour the new Eagle Marsh Woods and adjacent areas of Eagle Marsh, with experts available on the plants and wildlife, on Saturday, October 4. The free-guided hikes, offered by the Little River Wetlands Project, will leave between 1:15 and 2:30 p.m. from the Eagle Marsh barn on Engle Road (1/2 mile east of W. Jefferson) in southwest Fort Wayne.
“With these tours, we hope to introduce the almost 30-acre Eagle Marsh Woods to everyone who has been wanting to see it since April when we acquired the property,” says Betsy Yankowiak, Executive Director of LRWP. “The woods should be beautiful and full of migrating birds at that time of year.”
Eagle Marsh, which grew to 705 acres with the addition of the new woods, is the largest preserve in Allen County and the third largest wetland restoration ever in Indiana. It features varied wildlife habitat including wet/marshy areas, a sedge meadow, prairies, and the new mature forested wetland as well as thousands of newly planted trees and shrubs. The initial phase of restoring the preserve to wetland will be complete in 2008, with intensive stewardship thereafter to establish the new native plants and trees. Over 135 bird species and numerous amphibians, reptiles, and mammals have already been seen at the preserve. Besides the new woods trail and another leaving from the Boy Scout office on Olde Canal Place Road, more trails will be built in 2009.
Little River Wetlands Project, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit land trust established in 1990. Its mission is to restore and preserve wetlands in the Little River watershed southwest of Fort Wayne and to provide educational programs that inspire and challenge individuals to be good stewards of all natural resources. LRWP protects over 1,000 acres of natural land southwest of Fort Wayne, maintains three preserves, and offers free nature hikes and programs for the community.
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