Elevate your view: Help us enhance birding at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge!

The viewing platform will enhance birding at the Dixon Refuge. Visitors and groups currently have to use the boat launch parking lot to get good views of Hennepin & Hopper Lakes.

With 276 bird species recorded since 2001, the Wetlands Initiative’s Dixon Waterfowl Refuge (also known as Hennepin & Hopper Lakes) in north-central Illinois has been a hidden treasure known to birders for some time.

Now, thanks to a special match challenge, TWI has an opportunity to make birding even better at this 3,000-acre hotspot. Your donation will help us construct a wooden birding platform near the Refuge boat launch so visitors can more easily view the diverse bird life attracted to the “mud islands” in the south end of the lakes.

Help improve the view at the Dixon Refuge by donating now.

The long wooden platform will be designed to accommodate birding groups and elevated to allow better viewing over the marsh vegetation with binoculars and scopes. Its placement just south of the boat launch will enhance views of the myriad waterfowl, shorebirds, terns, and marsh birds that can be seen on or near the islands through the seasons.

Your contribution will help make this exciting new public amenity a reality! Two local birders who love visiting the Dixon Refuge have generously offered to match all donations 1:1 up to $3,500, so your gift of any size will go twice as far. Please donate by August 15 so we can have the platform ready for the fall migration!

Have your gift doubled now!