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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Washington in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Woodland Habitat

Woodland Habitat Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devon Polzar, 2018
1. Woodland Habitat Marker
Inscription.  Before European settlement, old growth, Sugar Maple-American Beech-Basswood forests originally covered nearly 3.5 million acres in Wisconsin. Through fragmentation and conversion to farmland, only about 50,000 acres of this forest remain. A significant percentage of Wisconsin's native flora and fauna is associated with forest habitats. Some forest birds, such as the Scarlet Tanager, depend on the interior of large unbroken tracts of forest, and as a result have decreased in recent decades. Area land trusts and government agencies are working to improve habitat for forest interior species through land acquisitions, conservation easements with landowners, and ambitious long-term restorations such as the Mequon Nature Preserve.


3. Highland Woods: This City of Mequon park provides a series of hiking trails that wind through a 12-acre forest remnant that boasts spring wildflower displays and views of resident nuthatches, woodpeckers, migrant kinglets, thrushes, vireos, and warblers.

5. Bratt Woods is an Ozaukee Washington Land Trust parcel of hardwood forest along the Milwaukee River that hosts spring blooming Dutchman's

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breeches, dogtooth violet, and jack-in-the-pulpi.t Just off the Interurban Trial, a hike through the woods is rewarded with a variety of migrant warblers, thrushes, tanagers, vireos, and woodpeckers.

6. I-43 Trail Bridge Woodlands: This new section of trail, which traverses small wetlands, woodlands, and shrublands, is good for viewing American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, and American Kestrel.

9. The Port Washington Ravine provides refuge for a wide variety of migrant songbirds when winds are brisk off of Lake Michigan. Birds you might encounter here include Carolina Wren, orioles, tanagers, and a number of warbler, vireo, and sparrow species.

B. Mee-Kwon County Park and Golf Course: The maple-beech woods atop the sledding hill are a productive location for warblers during spring migration. The Golf Course also supports a thriving Eastern Bluebird trail with approximately 30 nest boxes.

Typical Bird Species:
American Redsart
Baltimore Oriole
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Cooper's Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Indigo Bunting
Migrant warblers
Oven bird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-tailed Hawk
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Scarlet Tanager

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Birds pictured: Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
Location. 43° 23.426′ N, 87° 52.005′ W. Marker is in Port Washington, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County. The marker is along the Ozaukee County Interurban Trail near Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Washington WI 53074, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lights of Port Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Oil House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Well (about 300 feet away); The Northerner Anchor (about 300 feet away); Port Washington Light Station (about 300 feet away); Cistern (about 400 feet away); Lifeboat from the S.S. Milwaukee (about 400 feet away); Lakeside Brewery Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Washington.
Regarding Woodland Habitat. Locations on the marker are visible on a nearby map of the trail.

Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 31, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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