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Episode Details

series: Goose Pond: The Story Of A Wetland & Its Neighbors

air date: 4/07/13 7:00 AM

Goose Pond: The Story of a Wetland and It's Neighbors tells the compelling story of an 8,000-acre wetland marsh in southern Indiana formed thousands of years ago by receding Illinoian glaciations. Shortly after Indiana's statehood in 1816, the federal government began encouraging settlers to dredge, drain and tile Gosse Pond in an effort to make it suitable for farming. Because of the mucky soil and seasonal flooding, those efforts were only marginally successful. For years, attempts were made by conservationists to reverse "progress" and restore the marsh to its original state as a refuge for the beautiful migratory birds that travel thousands of miles along the Mississippi Flyway between the southern tip of South America and the Arctic. After years of struggle, the effort finally succeeded with the completion of the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, the largest and one of the most successful wetland restorations of its kind in U. S. history.

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