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.
New habitat, trails coming to Refuge
The Wetlands Initiative will begin the Oak Ridge project at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in 2014, which will restore rare oak savanna and more than double the existing trail system ... more.
Coke jumpstarts new Midewin work
A grant from Coca-Cola is helping TWI expand its restoration work at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to a large new parcel known as the South Prairie Creek Outwash Plain ... more.
Great duck-cess at the Dixon Refuge
Numbers of migratory waterfowl visiting the Wetlands Initiative's Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes this fall are the highest that have ever been recorded at the site ... more.
Al Pyott receives conservation award
Illinois Audubon Society has named TWI co-founder Al Pyott their Conservationist of the Year for 2013, recognizing his long career of advancing conservation initiatives in Illinois ... more.
Join a women’s retreat on May 3–4
In an event presented by TWI and the Illinois Audubon Society, take part in guided hiking and birdwatching at the Dixon Refuge while staying on-site in a spacious farmhouse ... more.
Experience the Dixon 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.
Visit 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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