Birdwatching

With the abundant wetland complexes and open water throughout the GHA, flocks of ducks, geese, and other waterbirds mi-grate through the area each spring and fall.

Warblers and other Neo-tropical migrants pass through the area in large numbers when the weather warms in May. A host of birds, ranging from very rare to interesting to common-place have been recorded in the area, including Indigo Bunting, Northern Flicker, Dickcissel, Prothonotary Warbler (see photo at right), and Short-eared Owl.

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For instance, over 200 species have been recorded at Zeloski Marsh alone, including Black Tern, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Least and American Bittern, Wilson’s Phalarope, Forester’s Tern, Hudsonian Godwit, and Sedge Wren.

Other popular places to see wetland birds include the system of dikes at Prince’s Point Wildlife Area, Rome Pond Wildlife Area, Red Cedar Lake Natural Area, Mud Lake along CTH G, Rock Lake, and Carnes Park.

Of course, many other wildlife species make the GHA their home, such as White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, Red Fox, Beaver, and a wide variety of amphibians and reptiles.

 Review the GHA Recreational Map for detailed park amenities.

Carlin Weld Park, near Palmyra and Eagle

Dorothy Carnes Park, west of Fort Atkinson

Indian Mounds and Trail Park, south of Fort Atkinson

Korth Park, west of Lake Mills

Lake Ripley Preserve, east of Cambridge

Red Cedar Lake Natural Area, east and south of Cambridge

Rock Lake Park, in Lake Mills

All Wildlife Areas (also see GHA Recreational Map)

Deansville SWA, northwest of Marshall

Goose Lake SWA, northeast of Deerfield

Jefferson Marsh SWA, southeast of Jefferson

Koshkonong SWA, southwest of Fort Atkinson

Lake Mills SWA, south of Lake Mills

Lima Marsh-Storr’s Lake SWA. northeast of Milton

Prince’s Point SWA, northeast of Whitewater

Rome Pond SWA, Village of Rome just south of Sullivan

Waterloo-Mud Lake SWA, large SWA east of Waterloo