Category Archives: Habitat Management

Earth Day at Eagle Marsh April 26 1-5

Our city’s largest Earth Day event. Celebrate Earth Day and Little river Wetland Project’s 25th anniversary. Booths showcasing the conservation work of local businesses and environmental groups, birds of prey from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab, presentations on nature topics, interactive nature education stations, children’s activities, and more. Come by the ERC display and say “Hi” or listen to my talk on the reptiles and amphibians of the area at 1:15. Lots of talks and activities all afternoon.

More info here.

Earth Day at Eagle Marsh
Kid-centric fun at Earth Day last year.

River Summit II – April 8, 9 and 11

RiverSummit_2015River Summit II will be “part conference, part celebration” of the rivers and surrounding watershed of the Maumee River and its principle tributaries, the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph Rivers.  The conference will bring professionals, politicians and the public together to explore water quality issues,  riverfront revitalization efforts, and recreational opportunities on our rivers.

April 8th

Kick-Off Social | Grand Wayne Center
 The evening of April 8th will be an opportunity for leaders in the region to hear about successes and new issues for water resources in our communities.

April 9th
River Summit Conference | Grand Wayne Center

A full day of information and education for residents and professionals alike. The focus for this day will be to better understand the current state of our river systems and the opportunities rivers offer for economic growth and community building.

April 11th
Family Day | Various Locations in Downtown Fort Wayne
The last day of the 2015 River Summit will be a family-focused day on and along the rivers. Families can gain first-hand experiences associated with numerous features our rivers have to offer.

The principal organizer of the event is Tri-State Watershed Alliance. Get more details and get registered!

ACRES Land Trust: Protecting Land for the Long Haul

Fort Wayne native and professional photographer Robert Pence donated $1 million to ACRES Land Trust when he passed away in 2012. The trust, which protects natural habitat throughout the region, now has an endowment of over $3 million.

Pence requested the sum be unrestricted- meaning ACRES can use it however they like. The organization has decided to use the money for their goal of long-term land protection. According to one ACRES representative, Lettie Haver, “when we protect land, we’re doing it forever”.

Check out the full story.

For more info on ACRES Land Trust, click here.


Implementation Conference a Success

Save Maumee Grassroots Organization and their colleagues successfully launched the Upper Maumee River Watershed Management Plan at an Implementation Conference at Indiana Tech Saturday, January 24. Stephanie Singer of the Defiance County and Sharon Partridge of the Allen county Soil and Water Conservation Districts introduced the Plan, and several others provided background or guidance on what nexts. The Plan is actually just the beginning. It helps to provide the foundation to finding funding, connecting stakeholders, and getting grassroots action going. You can find out more at the web site for the plan:

Photo: Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership

Implementation Conference for the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan

Save Maumee Grassroots Organization is hosting a conference to discuss implementation of the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan.

January 24, 9AM-3:30PM

Indiana Tech Law School

1120 E. Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Their intent is to “focus on the implementation of the “newly” released Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan (UMWMP). The event will offer an opportunity to network, develop partnerships, and brainstorm a collaborate draft “Plan of Action” to find CREATIVE and  effective ways for your group to think about implementing the best management practices (BMP) outlined within the plan. The BMP’s we will talk about can be utilized and exemplified on any watershed for a measurable reduction in harmful pollutants.”

Registration in requested. The $10 charge will cover lunch and printing costs. See more at: