Category Archives: Ecology

“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.

Job Opening in Little River Wetlands Project

Little River Wetlands Project

Job Description for Seasonal Property Steward

Minimum Qualifications

 Bachelor degree or enrolled into a program studying environmental science, natural resource management, or related subject preferred;

 Familiarity with Indiana’s natural communities of plants and animals is desirable;

 Experience using outdoor power equipment or ability to learn

 Ability to carry out multiple tasks in an independent and unstructured work setting;

 Ability to lift 50 pounds or more;

 Ability to hike uneven terrain for 1- 3 miles a day with up to 30lbs on back;

 Preferred: Currently certified in CPR and First Aid;

 Preferred: Pesticide Applicators License from Indiana State Chemist.

Job Duties

 Use of herbicide to control invasive plant species using backpack and power sprayers;

 Mechanical removal of invasive species: Mowing, pruning, etc.;

 Use of GPS unit to collect data, other data collection and data management;

 Assist with planting native trees, plants, and seeds;

 Direct volunteers and lead stewardship events, as needed;

 Follow all proper safety procedures;

 Supervised by Director of Preserves and Programs, works on-site with Property Steward;

 Other duties as assigned.

Compensation

 $8 – $10 per hour, no benefits

Parameters of the Seasonal Property Steward

Type: Part time (20 hours/week on average), Professional, Seasonal (April – November)

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am-2:30pm; flexible to accommodate weather and weekend events

Pay Basis: Hourly

Education requirements: College degree preferred

Working Conditions: Outdoors, uneven terrain, all weather conditions

Travel: Limited

Submit resume by March 24 to: Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs at b.yankowiak@lrwp.org.

River Camp 2016: Extended Deadline!

The deadline for this year’s River Camp has been extended from June 11th to June 20th!

Register your children today by calling 427-6000 or online at http://www.fortwayneparks.org/.

River Camp is made possible by multiple partnerships between the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and local organizations, all focused on helping kids 8-12 years of age gain a better understanding on our local waterways.

Camp will be held at Shoaff Park Riverlodge July 5th – 8th from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information and a full list of partners, please click this link to the flyer: River Camp flyer.