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Conservation Conversation

Let’s talk about it!

UPDATED MARCH 24. The program is drafted and we are tying up loose ends for the Saturday April 6th, 2019 event. All of the details are at The Conversation will be a day of speakers, displays and hands-on demonstrations about regional ecology, the environment and sustainability. The intent of the event is to facilitate dialogue about the opportunities and challenges for conservation among local and regional organizations and other stakeholders efforts in our growing community, and work towards collaboration with partners for the best outcomes for the quality of life in our region. The audience is comprised of the general public, representatives of a variety of organizations and agencies, and the faculty, students and staff of Purdue University Fort Wayne. The day ends with a wonderful dinner featuring sculptor Sayaka Ganz. RSVP here, and shoot us an email at if you have any questions!

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

Our plans are set for Saturday, February 2nd!

As the sun sets on World Wetlands Day, please join us over at Purdue University Fort Wayne for a presentation and more. Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, director of the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) will present “Wetland Wildlife – More than Mosquitoes.”

Come a little early and get some chili!

The evening agenda:

6 PM:  The chili supper will be available from 6pm to 6:45.

6:15(ish):  Dr. Kingsbury will provide a brief update about the new home for the ERC.

7 PM:  “Wetland Wildlife – More than Mosquitoes”  

Presentations are appropriate for all ages.  All activities will be on the first floor of the Science Building at Purdue Fort Wayne. DIRECTIONS

To help us with logistics, please RSVP to about: your interest in the two talks and that bowl of chili – and let us know how many are coming!

The presentations are free, but if you want to join us for the chili supper, the cost is $10.00.  For the supper, you must RSVP by Tuesday, January 29.   The chili supper is BYOS&F – Bring Your Own Spoon and Fork.  Help us reduce plastic waste! If you forget, don’t worry, we will have utensils on hand.

No matter if Punxutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, a bowl of chili and a survey of the bounty of wetlands will point us towards spring! 

The Complete World Wetlands Day Schedule:

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

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

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

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 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

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

Sustainability Steward Internship Established

Richard and Marni Waterfield have sponsored an endowment that will support a student internship at the ERC. Participants will receive a financial award that would be used to support research or community engagement projects through the ERC that relate to the development of sustainable approaches to human impacts on the environment. Awardees would also have access to space and resources within the ERC, and be invited to participate in a community devoted to the study of the environment, nature and sustainability, including engaging with the ERC director and a faculty mentor. Our thanks to the Waterfields!