Mounds View Grassland
This 500-acre preserve is owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts. Its well drained, rolling topography has remnant prairie, extensive fields, active crop and pastureland, a few oak groves, areas of dense brush, and cold-water streams with associated spring-fed wetlands. The site is being gradually restored to its original prairie and savanna vegetation. It is located within the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area, known for robust grassland-dependent bird communities. This is a property that offers the peaceful solitude that enhances our overall quality of life. Scan the horizon for Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers. Listen for the whistle of the Upland Sandpiper.
Directions: From Mt. Horeb, travel west 3.5 miles on Hwy 18/151, then south on Cty F 4.9 miles to Reilly Rd (pay close attention to stay on F), then west on Reilly 0.5 mile until the road dead ends at the preserve.
Gazetteer: Page 27, A-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 84, F-4 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/845-7065 (The Prairie Enthusiasts).
Web site: The Prairie Enthusiasts
Signature Species: Badger, Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Upland Sandpiper.
Rare species: Bell’s Vireo, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Chat, Regal Fritillary butterfly, Red-tailed leafhopper and Pickeral frog.
Parking: Parking area.
Nearest food & lodging: Mt. Horeb, Blue Mounds, and Barneveld.