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THE EAGLE MARSH HAS LANDED

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Need a place to get away from the booming sounds of the neighbor kid's music? Looking for a spot where no one can throw an exploding firecracker outside your window? Now there's a haven in the Waynedale area to find such paradise. Plan a visit to Eagle Marsh, the largest wetland restoration project in Northeast Indiana.

The Little River Ramblers hike 2-3 miles to explore the property every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. They meet at the barn off Engle Road and record the present flora and fauna. If you go, make sure to dress for the weather and wear tall waterproof boots. There is also an early morning hike on August 19, 7-9 a.m.

On August 6, at 2 p.m., geologist Tony Flemming will lead a hike around the property to point out evidence of the marsh's glacial history. To make reservations or find out further details on upcoming events, contact Paul McAfee at 260-478-2515.

Eagle Marsh is 680 acres of floodplain in the process of being restored to natural wetlands. Wetlands have a multitude of benefits for the environment. They act as filters of pollutants, helping to remove organic and inorganic nutrients and toxic materials from the water before it enters ground and surface water. Healthy rivers depend on wetlands.

Wetlands provide migration, breeding, nesting, and feeding habitat to many species of birds. More endangered species are found in wetlands than in any other habitat type.

As the restoration project gets underway, volunteers will be needed to help plant tree seedlings, grasses and wildflowers. There will be other opportunities to assist in protecting the wetlands in the Little River Valley as well. For more information, go to www.lrwp.org on the web.

The next time you're seeking out a place to get away from the fast pace of city life, consider Eagle Marsh. The beauty of the wetland awaits you with butterflies, wildflowers, bluebirds, pond life, and yes, if you are very lucky, the visiting bald eagle.

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