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The Wetlands Initiative is  dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage.

Featured News

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    BioBlitz finds nearly 700 species

    On June 13 and 14, participants in the Dixon Refuge’s first-ever BioBlitz recorded 675 species over a 24-hour period, including many that were unusual or previously unknown at the Refuge ... more.

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    ‘Ground-breaking’ farm expo held

    Over August 4–6, 2015, TWI held a conservation expo during which the first farm-based wetland designed for nutrient removal was built in the Big Bureau Creek Watershed in north-central Illinois ... more.

  • oak ridge trail ftd news

    Marquis Energy sponsors new trail

    Thanks to a $100,000 gift from Marquis Energy in Hennepin, TWI will be able to complete a new 2.7-mile hiking and biking trail leading through the Dixon Refuge’s interior by 2016 ... more.

  • hickory hollow ftd news

    The Dixon Refuge is expanding!

    On December 17, 2014, TWI acquired a new parcel of land that expands the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge to more than 3,000 acres in size and will add even more habitat types to the site ... more.

  • The National Forest Foundation is demolishing old concrete Army ammunition bunkers on the South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain at Midewin, clearing the way for TWI habitat restoration. Photo by Trevor Edmonson/TWI.

    Tackling a new area of Midewin

    Through a major continuing partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), TWI is restoring a new area of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie where NFF is removing old ammunition bunkers ... more.

Celebrate Wetlands

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    TWI marks 20 years

    View a slideshow of photos from our 20th-anniversary event on October 8 at Chicago’s Greenhouse Loft, where nearly 200 people celebrated two decades of wetland restoration ... more.

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    Visit the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes

    Climb the observation tower, hike a boardwalk trail, paddle through a marsh, or enjoy excellent bird-watching at the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge ... more.

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    Experience the region’s largest prairie restoration at Midewin

    Discover Illinois' original prairie-wetland landscape at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where waving grasses and wildflowers stretch to the horizon ... more.