“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.

Local Wildlife and Climate Change

At times, the somewhat abstract concept of climate change can be hard to grasp. Real world examples of how climate change impacts our every day life and the daily life of wildlife are out there, but those stories are not always filtered down into mainstream media. Sometimes the connections between climate change the issues we face are not made clear. Click the link to find out how climate change  is adversely affecting one of Indiana’s own native frog species, the wood frog.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170819103700.htm

For more information on the wood frog, click the link below.

http://inherpatlas.org/species/lithobates_sylvaticus

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day 2017!

The air is warmer, the sky is brighter and the birds are singing which means it’s that time of year again – Earth Day! Save Maumee is holding an event to commemorate Earth Day 2017 at Heatherwood Park April 21st, 22nd and 23rd which are this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their goal is to plant 1,100 trees along the Maumee over the course of the weekend, but they need our help! If you would like to help plant some trees, join Save Maumee to restore some natural spaces to original glory. For more information, click the link below.

Earth Days 2017