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Celebration planned at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Posted by wlpo on July 18, 2014

Before it was a cornfield, a large area along the Illinois River south of Hennepin was originally a backwater lake. That area, now known as the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge has been restored into a wetland and destination for birds and nature lovers.

The restoration was done by the Wetlands Initiative. They are celebrating their progress over the past 10 years with food, music and hiking Saturday, July 26. Suzanne Wagner is with Wetlands Initiative.

She’s says not only are they celebrating what they’ve done, they are also kicking off restoration of an oak savanna and an expanded trail system.  The refuge already includes Hennepin and Hoppers Lakes and is open to the public. Wagner says it’s a popular place for bird watching.

Tickets to the celebration are $25 a person and include food, canoeing, nature walks and activities for children. You can learn more about it and how to get tickets by listening to an interview that’s available at the WLPO AM and FM news page.

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