Indian River Project Area
The river forms the eastern boundary of PRWF’s Upper Indian River conservation property and continues south under the Route 187 bridge where it broadens to form a wide tidal estuary. Along the east side of 700-acre Crowley Island there is superb shorebird and waterfowl habitat including intertidal mudflats, small salt marsh areas and extensive rockweed beds. The island is also bordered by productive clam-flats and eel grass beds. South of Crowley Island the Indian River estuary opens into the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Maine.
In January of 2003 PRWF began efforts to conserve important habitat along the Indian River by purchasing two properties on Crowley Island with 300 acres of uplands and more than 150 acres of the island’s most important intertidal wetlands.
In early 2013 PRWF purchased a 130-acre property upstream of Route 187 to protect wetlands and adjacent buffer in the upper reaches of Indian River. Here tidal influence decreases and waters are more brackish. On this property the wet soils offer excellent habitat for woodcock, a species which is in severe decline throughout the Northeast.
Though a little over a mile apart there is a very strong connection between the Upper Indian River property and Crowley Island – the Indian River itself. Anything that happens upstream will have an effect on the estuary and Crowley Island’s wetlands below.
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