The Wetlands Initiative is the only organization in the region focused on the on-the-ground restoration of wetland ecosystems for the myriad services they provide people, wildlife, and the environment. On these pages you can dig in deeper to the world of wetland restoration.
Field Notes Seasonal happenings at our restoration sites, as told by ecologists, volunteers, and others in the field.
Photo Galleries Albums of restoration work in progress, Initiative events, and the plants and wildlife thriving at our sites.
Ask the Scientist Answers from staff experts to your burning questions on wetlands work.
Wetland Matters Archives Back issues of our popular series on Illinois history, ecology, and biology relating to wetland restoration.
When Irish immigrant Patrick Dore encountered the fertile floodplains of the Illinois River in 1850, he envisioned a farm amid the marshes and swamps on his new property. Four generations later, the Dores have returned the land to the river.
The Wetlands Initiative's staff scientists answer your questions about our work, restoration, wetland ecosystems, and how we value them. Do you have a question? Email
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The "Field Notes" feature brings you along to learn more about the seasonal happenings at the Initiative's restoration sites. Most entries are by Iza Redlinski, TWI ecologist and Midewin restoration supervisor, with guest entries by volunteers and others "in the field."
Midewin named a 'Treasured Landscape'
Watch this video from the National Forest Foundation to learn more about the story of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the new 10-year plan for its restoration.