Swamplovers Nature Preserve

Nature Study
Description:

Working in partnership with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the Swamplovers Foundation protects and manages the 460-acre Swamplovers Nature Preserve that is bisected by the Table Bluff Segment of the Ice Age Trail. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance species diversity and maintain the open character of prairie, wetland, oak savanna, and open oak woodland habitats in their presettlement condition. The Swamplovers Preserve is a mesocosm of southwestern Wisconsin’s presettlement biological heritage, supporting large-scale, high-quality habitat blocks of open water waterfowl breeding ponds,dry to wet prairie, southern sedge meadow,oak savanna, and open oak woodland communities along the wetland to upland continuum.This gradient of habitat diversity promotes species diversity, and the Swamplovers Preseve is a biodiversity hotspot. To date, populations of more than 1,000 indigenous specieshave been documented at the Preserve, 68 of which have at-risk conservation status. The IAT Table Bluff Segment provides public access to the property. (Swamplovers Foundation)

608-798-2553
CH KP & Scheele Rd, Cross Plains, WI 53528
43.121121 -89.673634
Amenities:
  • Parking
Hunting by permission of landowner.
Local Knowledge:
Original surveyor’s notes dating from October 1832 described Section 33 of Township 8 North Range 7 East as consisting of bur and white oak savanna interspersed with prairie and “marsh.” Despite 180 years of Euro‐American occupancy, a shadow of this presettlement condition has persisted on this landscape. (Swamplovers Foundation)
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