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  • Though today the Emiquon Preserve is part of a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, it was once farmland. Photo © Dickson Mounds Museum
  • When The Nature Conservancy purchased the 7,000 acres of land in 2000, they shut off pumps that had drained the area for nearly a century. Photo © Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Soon, water began to return to this once thriving wetland. Photo © Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Native plant life like Curly Dock, pictured here, returned to the preserve. Photo © Byron Jorjorian



  • In just a few short years, the Emiquon Preserve became a healthy wetland habitat. Photo © Byron Jorjorian



  • And with the healthy habitat, waterfowl that once thrived here returned, too. Photo © Byron Jorjorian



  • Even migratory birds such as the American White Pelican come to use Emiquon as a place of refuge during their arduous flights. Photo © Deborah Berman



  • Today, visitors are welcome to enjoy all that Emiquon has to offer. Photo © Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Emiquon provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and wildlife viewing. Photo © Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Much work has been accomplished at Emiquon to earn this internationally significant dedication. The Nature Conservancy thanks its partners and supporters and looks forward to the work ahead. Photo © Douglas King
The Transformation of Emiquon
A slideshow of images revealing how restoration efforts brought water and wildlife back to lands that had been drained for nearly a century.

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