Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest

 

Milkweed for monarchs

TWI's new milkweed-cultivation project at two sites

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, TWI is embarking on a unique two-year project to intensively cultivate a range of rare and common milkweed species at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge.

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Prairie fire

What's it like to be part of a prescribed burn?

Despite what Smokey the Bear told us about forest fires, modern ecologists have found that regular burns are not just beneficial, but necessary, for the management of healthy prairies and wetlands. TWI's Phoebe Thatcher describes what it was like to be part of this fall's burn at the Dixon Refuge.

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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