Crucial for duck breeding, migration and clean water, the health of Indiana’s wetlands affect the quality of life for both waterfowl and people.
Northeast Indiana is one of the most important nesting areas in the Great Lakes region for mallards and other waterfowl, and is a popular spot for other species as well. Parts of the state also feature heavily traveled migration corridors, such as the Wabash River system. Birds funnel through the river system to wintering habitat in the southern part of the state and beyond.
The Wabash plays an important role for people, too. The lower Wabash River is one of the top contributors for nutrient runoff from rainwater. These pollutants make their way to the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico, where they contribute to gulf hypoxia. Gulf hypoxia is a lack of oxygen in the water, resulting in fish kills and disrupted ecosystems.
DU in 2016 in Indiana invested $647,960 to complete 19 projects and 1,008 acres of conservation. See the 2017 Indiana Conservation Report to learn more.