The Nature Conservancy

If you had visited the site of The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Wetlands Preserve more than a decade ago, corn and soybeans would have stretched as far as the eye could see. Now, what was once farmland has been transformed into a thriving wetland that resembles the vast floodplains of earlier ages. Water has returned to this incredible landscape, along with the creatures who rely on it for survival. The restoration of this natural area is especially important, as many of Illinois’ more than 8 million acres of wetlands have been drained and developed. Today, 90 percent of these habitats have been lost.