Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
Located in both Green and Dane Counties, this 3,540-acre property includes 5 miles of the Ice Age Trail. With more than 160 species observed here, it is heavily used by birders. The parking lot located just south of the Dane County line on Cty D is near grassland, savanna and woods. Here a “Wetlands Overlook” offers Northern Harrier, Wild Turkey, Bobwhite Quail and the Yellow-breasted Chat. The parking area just south on Cty DD has a trail that meets the Ice Age Trail and is an excellent area to view many species of warbler. Traveling north on the trail takes you to “Crane Overlook” with a wonderful overview of the property. Travel south on this trail into riparian woodlots along Story Creek for cuckoos, flycatchers, thrushes and more warblers.
Directions: From Belleville, travel east 2 miles on Cty D to parking lots.
Gazetteer: Page 28, B-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 92, B-3 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/743-4800 (Janesville WDNR).
Web site: WDNR Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
Signature Species: Yellowbreasted Chat, Long-eared Owl, and Great Crested Flycatcher.
Rare species: Bobwhite Quail,
Upland Sandpiper and Western
Nearest Food & Lodging: New Glarus and Belleville.