The inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival took place over the weekend, and Limberlost’s own Randy Lehman was asked to be a featured speaker at the event. Over 240 people attended the conference and Randy had a packed crowd, eager to learn more about Gene Stratton-Porter and Limberlost.
Randy spoke passionately about Gene’s life, her work, and all that the Friends of the Limberlost have done to keep her work alive and relevant in today’s world. He shared with them Limberlost’s unique programs and example-setting restoration efforts. He discussed the Herculean efforts of the Friends of the Limberlost and their dedication to preserving Gene’s legacy.
The audience was captivated by the information Randy provided, not only about Gene’s life and work, but by the flora and fauna that have returned to the Limberlost. They were thrilled to see that the area was transformed from drained croplands to a now-rare wetland. It is returning to the state it was in when Gene was writing about it: beautiful and full of life. The attendees were awestruck by the amount of work that has gone into the restoration efforts, and although they all live hours away in the Chicago area, several of them are planning trips to visit Limberlost and they inquired about lodging in the area.
I have attended Randy’s presentations before, but each time I hear him speak, I learn something new. He is so knowledgeable and has so much to teach us, it is impossible to fit into one program. Every time, I learn more and gain a deeper appreciation for Gene, the Limberlost restoration and the Friends’ work.
Randy is a dedicated spokesperson for Gene and Limberlost. We are fortunate to have such a sought-after speaker available to spread the word, not only near Geneva, but across the midwest.