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Eagle Slough Natural Area

Sponsor a Preserve, Summer 2020: this nature preserve is sponsored by Greg and Sue Meyer. We’re grateful for their support of our work! Learn more about Sycamore’s Sponsor a Preserve program.

Greg says: “I was a member of the original Steering Committee that resurrected Eagle Slough from an illegal trash dump / shooting range. With the raised railroad bed in a bottomland hardwood forest, the property offered a “built-in” trail with no additional construction cost. The Steering Committee and many, many volunteers cleaned up and hauled out all the trash and built observation decks, interpretative signage, and a visitor kiosk. One of the young trees along the trail is a mockernut hickory. That species can live over 500 years. My goal with Eagle Slough was to allow that small sapling the opportunity to grow old and die without ever being disturbed. With Sycamore Land Trust’s help, I’m certain I can meet that goal!”

Eagle Slough is an oasis of wetland and mature bottomland forest, visited by over 160 species of birds. The preserve offers a walking trail with interpretive signage along an old rail bed, and a series of observation decks overlooking the wetlands and open water lake. Bald cypress reaches the northern limit of its native range in the southwest corner of Indiana, and the bald cypress stands at Eagle Slough are a rare remnant of the cypress swamps that have mostly disappeared from our state.

Ongoing stewardship of Eagle Slough includes invasive plant control, removing trash brought in by flooding, and maintenance and repair of the observation decks. Volunteers check on the preserve frequently through an “adopt-a-month” program.

DIRECTIONS

  • From the intersection of US Hwy 41 and Waterworks Rd/Shawnee Dr, drive east on Waterworks.
  • The parking lot will be on your left after 0.15 miles.
  • County: Vanderburgh
  • Acres: 127
  • Features: nesting platform for bald eagles, observation decks, warblers
  • Year acquired: 2012
  • Acquired with gifts from: Anonymous, Four Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Council, The Nature Conservancy, Traylor Brothers Construction, Vanderburgh Soil and Water Conservation District, Wesselman Nature Society, and Sycamore members
  • Trail: 1.2 miles, easy