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“Wetland Wildlife: More than Mosquitoes” – a World Wetlands Day event

Join Dr. Bruce Kingsbury February 2nd at Purdue Fort Wayne’s Environmental Resources Center for an evening presentation on “Wetland Wildlife – More than Mosquitoes.” This presentation is the final event of a day of activities for the community to celebrate World Wetlands Day, and is scheduled to occur in our new location. We are also contemplating expanding the ERC event to include a dinner and other happenings, so please stay tuned on that! 

Earlier in the day across town folks can enjoy a Wetland Hike hosted by ACRES or a Wetland Bird Sit with Allen County Parks. Want to learn how a wetland is working to clean up our rivers? Then visit Camp Scott for an informative hike hosted by the City of Fort Wayne. Want to get your hands dirty with wetland restoration? Join LRWP and INPAWS for a wetland plant propagation workshop. Events are spread across the day and participants can attend all events for a special prize at the end of the evening. Details below. To learn more about World Wetlands Day please visit www.worldwetlandsday.org.

2019 World Wetlands Day Official Schedule:

10am – ‘Share the Trails’ hike, presented by ACRES Land Trust, location is the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, 1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748. For more information, please contact Lettie Haver at lhaver@acreslandtrust.org.

12pm – Camp Scott ‘Wetlands at Work’ hike, presented by the City of Fort Wayne, location is Camp Scott, 3615 Oxford Street in Fort Wayne, 46806. For more information, please contact Susan Beck at 260-427-6213 or susan.beck@cityoffortwayne.org.

1:30pm – Wetland Seed Propagation Class, presented by Little River Wetlands Project and INPAWS, location is the LRWP office, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Space is limited, please email Betsy Yankowiak at b.yankowiak@lrwp.org to secure your spot, or for more information.

3:30pm – Wetland Bird Sit, presented by Allen County Parks, location is at the Vera Dulin Wildlife Observation Center, Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. For more information, please contact Ron Zartman at rzartman@allencountyparks.org.

7pm – ‘Wetland Wildlife – More than Mosquitoes’, presented by Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, location is the Environmental Resources Center, Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. For more information, please email Dr. Kingsbury at erc@pfw.edu.

Flow the St. Joe 2016

sjrwiRegistration is now open for Flow the St. Joe  2016.  Paddle a canoe or kayak from Spencerville to Leo-Cedarville on Saturday, September 24th.

The $20 registration fee includes breakfast, transportation to the launch site, lunch, and live music provided by the Jug Huffers.

Reserve your spot today at the SJRWI website: Flow the St. Joe.

For more information, check out the flyer at this link: Flow flyer 2016.

 

Hill strengthens ACRES Land Trust’s growing preserves

Acres-21In support of ACRES Land Trust’s success toward doubling its pace of land acquisition, the membership-based nonprofit has hired Evan Hill to fill a new position as Land Management Specialist. Hill, a Purdue University Wildlife graduate, strengthens ACRES’ promise to protect land for future generations by caring for its growing acreage of land.

 

“I help preserve land by ensuring its overall health,” said Hill, a Noble County native. Hill’s work is motivated by “meeting land donors on their properties, seeing how much joy they get out of being there, knowing it’s protected, in good hands.”

As part of ACRES’ land management team, Hill will mark boundaries, fight invasive species, maintain more than 70 miles of trails and manage summer land management interns and contractors.

ACRES’ newly created position is a result of recent phenomenal growth, largely attributed to the organization’s use of Indiana’s Bicentennial Nature Trust. The $30 million matching fund, launched in 2012, offered groups like ACRES up to half the appraised value of property to preserve land in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial.

“Our success in acquiring land requires that we increase our management efforts,” said Jason Kissel, executive director of the member-based nonprofit. “Protecting land forever starts on the day we acquire a property, and it is each day after when the promise for future generations is realized.”

Hill brings both education and experience to ACRES. While an undergraduate at Purdue, he spent two summers as an ACRES land management intern in a program funded by the Olive B. Cole Foundation to aid in talent retention in northeast Indiana.

Upon graduation, Hill left the area to serve the Division of Wildlife in Colorado, as a short-term habitat technician. He returned to Indiana and has performed contractual land management work for ACRES, supervising the summer land management program.

“Evan helps ensure the properties are protected, well maintained, and increasing in overall health,” said Kissel. “Forever is not just the future; Evan helps ACRES ensure protection of its properties for future generations – daily.”

Together with its members, ACRES preserves 5,985 acres of significant natural area in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan for future generations. Explore more than 70 miles of trails for hiking, photography, birding, wellness, family and school visits, and adventure. Connect with ACRES Land Trust at 260-637-2273, acreslandtrust.org or on Facebook at ACRES.LT.