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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natural Transformations: Celebrating 20 Years of Wetland Restoration
Join us on October 8 for an evening to celebrate TWI’s transformative wetland restoration projects. Get your tickets now for our 20th-anniversary event ... more.
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.
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.
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