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Natural Areas Managed by the Field Station

Benedict Prairie
Benedict Prairie is a 6-acre tract of virgin prairie along a railroad right-of-way, in Kenosha Co., Wisconsin. The site has a remarkably diverse flora.

Cedarburg Beech Woods
The Field Station owns almost 80 acres of one of the finest mature beech-maple forests remaining in southeastern Wisconsin. Like the Cedarburg Bog, the beech-maple forest has been designated a State Natural Area, and is classified as a National Natural Landmark by the Department of Interior.

Cedarburg Bog
The Cedarburg Bog is one of the largest and most diverse wetlands in southern Wisconsin. The southernmost string bog in North America lies in the heart of the bog.

Downer Woods
The Downer Woods Natural Area is an 11.1 acre fenced forest on the UWM campus, which became part of the UWM Field Station in the Spring of 1998.

Monarch Conservancy
The Monarch Conservancy is an area of butterfly habitat and an important roosting area for Monarch butterflies during their fall migration on the grounds of UWM’s Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa.

Neda Mine
Neda Mine, an abandoned iron mine located near the Village of Neda, Dodge County WI, is the site of one of the largest bat hibernacula in the Midwest. In cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Field Station is monitoring environmental conditions and bat activity patterns at the mine.

Sapa Bog
This pristine bog adjacent to the Field Station is the southernmost black spruce bog in the state. Access to this bog is allowed for research purposes only.

Other Upland Habitats
Approximately 110 acres of old agricultural fields in various stages of succession. Three of the old field areas are maintained permanently in herbaceous vegetation