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.

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


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