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Mission

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


  • oak savanna area ftd news

    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 event ftd news

    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.

  • ruddy duck annual report

    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 ftd news

    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.

Get to Know Wetlands


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    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.

  • midewin location map

    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.