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.
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.
Gulf faces massive dead zone in 2013
The Gulf of Mexico's toxic "dead zone" is nearly the size of Connecticut this year. But small farm-based wetlands placed far upstream can help solve this very large problem ... more.
Lobelia Meadows’ wildflower collage
Read TWI intern Owen Donath's "Field Notes" entry on the great progress the field restoration crew is making in restoring diverse native plant communities at Lobelia Meadows ... more.
New project a whole-watershed effort
The partnership between TWI and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to restore a degraded stream will now include public and private "neighbors" throughout the watershed ... 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.
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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