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.
The Dixon Refuge is expanding!
On December 17, 2014, TWI acquired a new parcel of land that expands the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge to more than 3,000 acres in size and will add even more habitat types to the site ... more.
Tackling a new area of Midewin
Through a major continuing partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), TWI is restoring a new area of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie where NFF is removing old ammunition bunkers ... more.
Looking for “Uppies” and butcherbirds
In this Field Note, TWI Grants Manager Vera Leopold writes about her experience helping to survey two fascinating and rare grassland bird species at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie ... more.
UIC students help TWI design wetland
In spring 2014, a team of three engineering students from the University of Illinois at Chicago helped design a farm-based wetland to capture nutrient runoff for TWI’s Big Bureau Creek project ... more.
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.
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.
Read our new Annual Report
Our 2013 Annual Report is now available online. Read about the wetland restoration work your support makes possible, and learn how people are an integral part of the TWI landscape ... 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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