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Spring Green Prairie and Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area

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04/01 - 10/31

Spring Green Prairie and Preserve, known as the ""Wisconsin Desert"", features a rolling sand prairie on an Old Wisconsin River terrace and harbors a unique flora and fauna that are adapted to the hot, droughty environment. The Nature Conservancy opens this property to visitors for hiking, photography and bird watching. The dry sandy soils contain many desert-like plants that thrive in several sand blows with shifting dunes and open sand. A population of pocket gophers lives here among interesting grassland birds and plants that are found in few other places in the state. Signature species include the Prickly pear cactus, Dickcissel, Grasshopper and Lark Sparrow. Rare species include the Six-lined racerunner and blue racer lizards and bullsnake. From Spring Green, go north 0.5 mile on Highway 23, then east 0.75 mile on Jones Road, then north on Angelo Lane to a parking area. Trails lead through the site.

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