wetlands

The Society of Wetland Scientists recently named Beanblossom Bottoms one of only two “Wetlands of Distinction” in Indiana.

Indiana has lost about 85 percent of it’s wetlands over the past 200 years, most of which were drained for agriculture. Sycamore Land Trust has managed and restored the 600-acre Beanblossom Bottoms since 1995. Communications director Abby Henkel says many Hoosiers are surprised to learn Indiana has wetlands at all.

Judy Palermo/Indianapolis Zoo

Voluntary conservation farming practices are measurably decreasing nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin, and this good news: from the Midwest, all the way down the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, the Indiana trend in conservation is reducing the pollution that creates harmful algae blooms and the gulf’s dead zone.

The Indianapolis Zoo, as part of the dolphin exhibit, has a video of dolphins swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re swimming near a boat, pushing air through their blowholes.

Greg Lipps

Indiana has lost 95 percent of its wetlands since the 1800s, mostly to agricultural and housing developments.

A non-profit group based in Fort Wayne is working to restore wetlands in the watershed of the Little River, a headwater tributary of the Wabash River.

It’s one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the state.

As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, researchers are watching in the area salamanders to learn about the health of the ecosystem.