Birds of Zeloski Marsh. Wetlands Reserve Program in Wisconsin. Zeloski Marsh-Wisconsin.
Wetlands Reserve Program in Wisconsin
The dedication of the Zeloski Marsh Unit of the Lake Mills Wildlife Area was the highlight of the WRP Program in 2007. Over 1,320 acres of marginal farmland was restored to wetland forming the core of the Wildlife Area .This project was a collaborative effort of the NRCS, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Madison Audubon Society. Grants from the DNR Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program helped Madison Audubon Society to purchase acquisition rights to the property and the money assisted in the restoration efforts.
This wetland restoration is rich in diversity and through the project there is development of a complex of wetlands, prairies, an oak opening, tamarack woods and a remnant bog. Specifically, during the past 18 months, 286 acres were planted to prairie, 270 acres of sedge meadow were developed along with 112 acres of emergent wetland habitat and 64 acres of shorebird habitat. This wetland jewel is restored and open for public recreation and hunting. The Glacial Drumlin Bicycle Trail crosses through the marsh, offering cyclists unique wildlife viewing opportunities.
Green-winged Teal: Common
migrant, attracted to shallow
mudflats and smartweed.
Blue-winged Teal: Abundant migrant and breeder. Peak counts of 10,000 birds in Fall 2007.
Mallard: Common breeder and abundant migrant. Peak counts of >1000 birds in Fall 2007.
Northern Pintail: Uncommon migrant.
Locally abundant in 2007 due to high
food resources. High conservation concern.
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow: Rare migrant
Sora: common migrant
Upland Game Birds
Nesting Black Terns?
Will Henslow’s Sparrows find
Yellow-headed Blackbird colonies?
Will Virginia Rails and other waterbirds
start nesting in greater numbers?