Madison Audubon Goose Pond Sanctuary, Erstad Prairie and Schoenberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
Historically known as the Empire Prairie, these sites are part of a 5,800-acre Northern Empire Prairie Wetlands Important Bird Area that draw species of birds attracted to the shallow wetlands, sedge meadows, oak savannas, remnant and restored prairies, and deep-water marshes. Large spring and fall migrations of waterfowl, including Tundra Swans, make these sites popular with bird watchers. Goose Pond is a State Natural Area with more than 250 species of birds recorded there. Viewing birds at these properties is best from the main roads and driveways by using your car as a blind, taking care not to flush birds by walking down to water.
Directions: Goose Pond Sanctuary is located 1.5 miles south of Arlington via Hwy 60/51 and Goose Pond Rd. Schoenberg Marsh and Erstad Prairie are located 3 miles east of Arlington via Hwy 60 east to Harvey Rd north. The property lies on both sides of Harvey Road.
Gazetteer: Page 36, B-2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 85, B-8 and 86, B-1 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/255-2473 (Madison Audubon Society).
Web site: Madison Audubon Society
Signature Species: Tiger salamander, Sedge Wren, Black Tern and Northern Harrier.
Rare species: Blanding’s Turtle, Dickcissel and Black-billed Cuckoo.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging:Arlington / DeForest, Poynette /