Posted by: Bridgett Hernandez

  • 02/01/2021

Observe World Wetlands Day at an ACRES preserve

Feb. 2 marks World Wetlands Day, a celebration of the important role wetlands play in the lives of people, plants and animals.

Wetlands provide critical wildlife habitat, purify rivers and lakes, and reduce flooding risk. They’re often called “nature’s kidneys” because of their important function in the health of our planet.

Together with our members, ACRES protects several wetlands throughout the region. If you would like to get a closer look at these environmental wonders, here are three ACRES properties to explore:

Photo by Jason Kissel

Mengerson Nature Reserve

5895 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815

This urban preserve absorbs stormwater runoff and provides a sanctuary for plants and animals. The trails at this forested wetland are often muddy, so be sure to wear waterproof shoes.

Photo by Jason Kissel

Art Hammer Wetlands

10277 N. Eagle Island Road, Rome City, IN 46784

Enjoy .8 miles of trail at Art Hammer Wetlands in Noble County, ACRES largest preserve. Habitats include swamp forest, upland forest, a small lake and low wetlands. It’s home to a variety of birds and wildflowers.

Photo by Shane Perfect

Tom & Jane Dustin Nature Preserve

1958 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

In springtime, the wetland at this Allen County preserve is filled with horned bladderwort and the call of spring peepers.

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