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Transformative "before and after" results at Lobelia Meadows

This past September TWI was able to capture a "before and after" snapshot by collecting post-restoration monitoring data at our Lobelia Meadows site at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The results of the 2016 plant surveying, compared with data from the start of the project in 2012, show dramatic gains in plant diversity and wetland habitats over the four-year restoration effort.

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2017 fishing season

Fishing at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes to begin May 16

The fishing season at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes in 2017 will run from Tuesday, May 16, through Monday, September 4. As in 2016, the lakes will be closed to fishing on Mondays except for Labor Day. A Dixon Refuge fishing permit is required in addition to an Illinois state fishing license; other rules and regulations also apply.

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VISIT THE DIXON WATERFOWL REFUGE

Climb the observation tower, hike a boardwalk trail, paddle through a marsh, or enjoy excellent birdwatching.

Location & Visiting the Dixon Refuge

VISIT MIDEWIN 

Many parts of Midewin are open to the public for hiking, birdwatching, bison viewing, and other activities. 

Location & Visiting Midewin