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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Fort Wayne/ Allen County

Kroger's Zoo Day donation $80,118

Kroger has presented Fort Wayne Children's Zoo with a donation of $80,118 raised by this year's Zoo Day campaign, which took place in May. Shoppers donated $45,118, which exceeds 2018's record gift.

Since the fundraiser began in 1993, $1,993,053 has been raised to support the zoo.

“This campaign has allowed us and our customers to play a role in ensuring the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo can continue providing one of the best zoo experiences in the country,” spokesman Eric Halvorson said. “The zoo's mission also parallels Kroger's corporate commitment ... to protect endangered species.”

Area

ACRES acquires most of Eby Bog

ACRES Land Trust recently acquired a 23-acre addition to Eby Bog north of Bristol, in Elkhart County.

The acquisition brings 33 acres, or about 95% of the bog, under the organization's permanent protection, the organization said Tuesday.

With support from its members, ACRES protects 7,117 acres of forest, wetland, native prairie, unique natural features and working land on 114 properties regionally.

During ACRES' initial botanical inventory of the newly acquired Eby Bog addition, the team spotted a red-wing blackbird nest.

“Eby Bog is one of ACRES' most intact, undisturbed natural systems,” said Jason Kissel, ACRES executive director.

“Under our ownership, the bog is saved from the potential harm of future land owners scooping out accumulated sphagnum moss or peat, reversing this long, slow natural process of lake succession.”

– Journal Gazette