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January 25, 2014

Presentation explores natural heritage of Wabash

TERRE HAUTE — On Thursday, The Nature Conservancy will give a presentation about the Wabash River and its biological importance. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clabber Girl Headquarters, 900 Wabash Ave.

Last spring the conservation group opened an office in southwestern Indiana to oversee the lower stretch of the Wabash River from Terre Haute to Evansville.

“There is an intense curiosity for the Wabash River and for the rare animals that thrive in and around the river” said Brad Smith, director for the Conservancy’s Southwest Indiana Project office. “The Nature Conservancy is working with many partners to make sure that the river stays healthy and can support the wide array of plants and animals.” Smith will be leading Thursday’s meeting, and attendees will have a chance to meet him and discuss their hopes and concerns for the Wabash.

While conservation work is intended to help improve the health of the river, it also has had a dramatic effect on the use of the area by migratory birds. As more and more habitat has been restored, migrating birds are finding more and more high-quality habitat to help them survive during their annual migrations.

Data from radar imaging and aerial surveys of the wetlands around the lower Wabash, Patoka and White Rivers show that it is a major migration corridor in the central United States.

Reservations for Thursday’s event are encouraged by contacting Angela Hughes at 317-829-3813 or ahughes@tnc.org.

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