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.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Dry Prairie, Oak Opening|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Waukesha County Land Trust; More info: Wisconsin DNR|