Clarice and Clive Taylor donated 43 acres of wetlands, woodlots and planted grasslands to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be added to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The site, previously a soybean farm, took over 15 years for the Taylors to acquire and restore the land with a ton of hard work and money (while they did most of the work themselves, they still estimate they spent about $500,000). The couple built seven ponds, a bald eagle nesting platform, planted trees, wildflowers and native plants while removing exotic plants and invasive phragmites (phragmites are a wetland grass /reed species). Read more about this wonderful couple and their story here »
The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is located along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie, just 20 miles south of Detroit and 50 miles north of Toledo, Ohio. The refuge consists of nearly 6,000 acres of unique habitat, including islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands within an authorized boundary extending along 48 miles of shoreline.