38. Hegewisch Marsh


Hegewisch Marsh, 130th Street and Torrence Avenue, 131-acre natural area

This “premier site for wetland birds” houses yellow-headed blackbirds, pied-billed grebes, and common moorhen, and is included on the State of Illinois list of important sites, the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory.  Unfortunately, economics, and political sleight-of-hand, have both gutted the original innovative, environmentally-educational, potential of this once favored site, in lieu of a bicycle park likely to do more damage than good to the endangered species that were to have been preserved and protected in this area and its counterpart, Big Marsh.   Thus, the Ford Environmental Education Center/ “Best Nest” facility that would have made Hegewisch Marsh a world class environmental learning center has followed closely on the footsteps of “Johnny Appleseed," and “Bigfoot,” into the annals of American mythology.


THEN (2007 - 2011):







NOW (December 2016):







(Photos by Kevin P. Murphy & Joann  Podkul Murphy)

COMMUNITY COMMENTS  ABOUT THE MARSH’S DEVELOPMENT: http://spotlightingsoutheastchicago.com/articles---archived-2015.html

http://spotlightingsoutheastchicago.com/articles---archived-2015.html  See, in particular, the section, “BEST NEST — One More time . . .” 


Videos that include some history of the transformation from promising future to abandoned future:

https://youtu.be/A9ItHchgkgs

https://youtu.be/f4F_wJRMfuI

https://youtu.be/BdTF6dy7k2o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w_vEG7UuR0




















© Kevin Murphy & Joann Podkul Murphy 2016