Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands near Fort Wayne and Huntington, offers interesting and informative nature events this August and September. All are free and open to the community.
•Saturday, September 8
9 a.m. to noon
"Monarch Festival at Eagle Marsh!"
Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn
6801 Engle Road
Everyone is welcome at this free, family-friendly event celebrating the monarch butterfly, thousands of which are likely to be stopping by at Eagle Marsh on their fall migration. The festival will offer information and displays including live monarchs in various stages of metamorphosis, monarch-related crafts, a replica of the butterflies' migratory path, and interactive games about monarchs. Visitors can hike to watch monarchs nectaring on native plants and can help plant milkweed plugs to serve as nurseries for future monarch generations.
•Tuesday, September 18
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
"Sunset Birding Hike"
Meet at the Boy Scout office parking lot, end of Olde Canal Place Drive (opposite Lutheran Hospital entrance on W. Jefferson Blvd.), Fort Wayne for a sunset stroll through Eagle Marsh to see and hear the birds that live here and some of the migratory birds passing through. Bring your binoculars and scopes if you have them.