Eagle Scout Installs Accessible Ramps at Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

More exciting improvements have been made to the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, thanks to Eagle Scout, Luke Formenti. Luke constructed and installed, with the help of Boy Scout Troop # 989, accessibility ramps to both gazebos overlooking the wetland. The ramps will make the area more welcoming to the public.

Pictured from left:  Richard Maxey of WMBS, Dave Formenti, Ryan Tucker, Ken Skeen, Zach Bishop, Luke Formenti, Ian Formenti, Bowen Summer, Dave Whiteley, Michael Beeler, Mike Bishop.  Sitting:  Ty Whiteley and Mason Formenti.  Photo provided by Amy Formenti.

Cargill built and delivered 3 picnic tables to WMBS

Cargill built and delivered 3 picnic tables to the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  The tables are a welcomed addition to our shelter, to ensure the comfort of our patrons. The volunteers and workers at WMBS would like to thank the wonderful people of Cargill for such a generous gift, and their ongoing support of our project.  

"There’s no mistaking the fact that the site of the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary used to be a dump. On either side of a newly built trail skirting the wetland’s north edge lie strews of Chesterton’s secret household history: a tire or two, a rotor, rusted lengths of corrugated pipe, and all manner of vintage medicine vials, food

packaging, and formerly garish plastic containers not seen on store shelves in half a century."

Kevin Nevers explains the progress the WMBS team has made in short amount of time the project has been underway. 

Liberty Intermediate Day of Sharing - May 25, 2017

Students from Liberty Intermediate School came out to the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary to learn about the history of the sanctuary and assist with the planting of flowers along with volunteers Mary Kaczka, Dr. Marburger, Bonnie Swarner and Susan Swarner.  Dr. Marburger, a botanist, taught the students about the different plant species.

Coffee Creek Deed Transfer to PorterCo Conservation Trust, Inc.

Ten acres of Coffee Creek watershed were gifted to the PorterCo Conservation Trust (PCT) on April 20. 2017 by Holladay Properties.  Calling it the Coffee Creek Corridor, the property is located between Indian Boundary Road and the Norfolk-Southern tracks.  At present, there is no way to access the property easily, but it will be open to the public.  PCT hopes to preserve this area for fish and wildlife habitat, protecting it from commercial and residential development.


The picture shows Rick DeRosa, PCT president, and Michael O'Connor, vice president of development and leasing for Holladay Properties, signing the paperwork to close the deal.  Standing behind them is Richard Maxey, project manager for the WMBS and a board director for PCT.

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