By Jason Beverlin
Deputy Director of the Illinois River Program
April 2008 — We’ve spent the long winter at Emiquon doing a lot of preparation for the spring, like maintaining scientific equipment and planting seeds, and the University of Illinois – Springfield has been busy building the new Emiquon Field Station on the Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve.
We’ll be holding an open house on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. so you can learn about the new Emiquon Field Station from the scientists who will be leading projects there. Please join us for light refreshments and tours every half hour.
The Emiquon Field Station will support both faculty and student learning at the University of Illinois – Springfield, making it one of the best places to study freshwater floodplain restoration. The Conservancy’s work at the Emiquon Preserve—converting some 7,100 acres of cropland back into floodplain—is the largest freshwater restoration project in the Midwest. At Emiquon, we are working towards reconnecting the Illinois River to the Mackinaw River, which were separated a century ago by levees built to accommodate cropland. When the new Field Station opens later this month, we’ll be able to better study and document this remarkable project.
We look forward to seeing you on April 26!