A Ramsar Wetland
6:19 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

World Recognition for the Emiquon Complex

An egret prepares to touch down at the Emiquon Complex
Rich Egger

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon recognized two wetlands along the Illinois River for their importance to conservation. 

The Emiquon Complex near Lewistown and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin received the Ramsar designation this year.  The honor highlights efforts to restore both sites to their natural states.

Before a ceremony at Dickson Mounds Museum, Simon said the international designation can help boost tourism for the region.

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