Grand Calumet River Tour
August 16, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 Central Time
Natural Areas along the Grand Calumet River
Join TNC staff for a tour along several areas of the Grand Calumet River to see restoration and remediation in action, as well as wildlife that is returning to the area thanks to these revitalization efforts.
Two of the sites we'll be visiting are Roxana Marsh and DuPont Natural Area in East Chicago. Roxana Marsh has been completely restored during the remediation process. Prior to degradation, the area was important habitat for birds like cormorants, black terns, black-crown night herons and egrets. Since remediation and restoration has been completed (which included the removal of more than 50 acres of invasive species), many of these important species are returning to the area. The Conservancy was involved in providing input into the habitat design, and is now leading the Indiana Coastal Cooperative Weed Management Area to establish the restoration and prevent invasive species from taking over the area again.
DuPont Natural Area, owned by DuPont Corporation and managed by the Conservancy, contains dune and swale habitat that is highly intertwined with the revitalization of the Grand Calumet. It is a prime example of how consistent restoration practices, conducted with the backing of funding sources like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, can make a difference in this globally rare and imperiled habitat. The August 16 tour offers a unique opportunity to view remediation efforts in progress in the river.
Long pants and closed-toe shoes (no sandals) are strongly recommended, as are binoculars, water, a hat, bug spray and sunscreen. We will carpool from site to site; thus high-clearance vehicles are recommended. This tour is partially funded with a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chi-Cal Rivers Fund.
RSVPs are required for this tour, and it is limited to 20 people. We will send out directions upon receiving RSVPs. RSVPs for this event should be sent to Susan MiHalo (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to August 13.