Little Bear Hemlocks (296/686)

Little Bear Hemlocks  encompasses a block of northern mesic forest in Portage County, one of very few left in the central portion of Wisconsin.  It is easily accessible via a parking area near the southeast corner of the parcel off of STH 34. No trails exist here, but none are needed.  The canopy is composed…

Mead Conifer Bogs (295/686)

Mead Conifer Bogs includes northern wet forest, shrub-carr, and bog habitats spanning the intersection of 3 counties in central Wisconsin: Wood, Portage, and Marathon.  The larger eastern parcel spans the northwest corner of Portage County and crosses into south-central Marathon County while the smaller western parcel rests in the northeast corner of Wood County.  It is part…

Buena Vista Prairie Chicken Meadow (263/679)

Buena Vista Prairie Chicken Meadow comprises another parcel of Greater prairie chicken habitat, just 2 miles north of Buena Vista Quarry Prairie.  Both sites are part of the the Buena Vista Wildlife Area located in southwestern Portage County.  The meadow is bound by 130th Street on the east and Griffith Avenue on the south and…

Buena Vista Quarry Prairie (262/679)

Buena Vista Quarry Prairie provides habitat for the the state-threatened Greater prairie chicken (Tympanachus cupido).  Parking areas in the form of a gravel cul-de-sacs can be found at the end of 130th Street, 2/5 mile south of CTH W and 120th Street 2/5 mile east of CTH F. Truth be told, I did not find this…