Eagle Centre Prairie, SNA #349 (122/675)

Eagle Centre Prairie is one of the smaller SNA’s and contains a dry prairie remnant and oak opening next to a subdivision.  Park at the end of the cul-de-sac on Clover Court and walk through the trees to the site.

This was one of the visits where I was thinking to myself, ‘am I supposed to be here?’.  Parking in a residential neighborhood is always odd and then you almost feel like you are walking through someone’s backyard.  That said, this was a simple site to visit.  Dry prairie remnants survive on small hills amidst stately burr oaks.  Long-leaved bluets, wild lupine, and wild columbine were the species most commonly observed on this late May day.  My understanding is that a severe storm caused significant damage in the intervening years, though the site is actively managed by the Waukesha County Land Conservancy.  I wouldn’t mind making a return visit to see how the restoration has progressed.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Eagle Centre Prairie can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 349
County Waukesha
Natural Communities / Geology Dry Prairie, Oak Opening
Size (Acres) 8
Parking Cul-de-sac
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Waukesha County Land Trust; More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within n/a
Dates Visited  5.29.10

Waukesha
Waukesha County
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