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Wetlands are WET!

Region 3, April 12, 2013
Wetland basin at full pool level adjacent to New Glarus Woods State Park in beautiful south-central Wisconsin.
Wetland basin at full pool level adjacent to New Glarus Woods State Park in beautiful south-central Wisconsin. - Photo Credit: n/a
Important seasonal wetlands fill after a drainage tile system was disabled in the fall of 2012.  These seasonal wetlands adjacent to Legler Branch a tributary of the Sugar River offer significant longitudinal connectivity for amphibians.
Important seasonal wetlands fill after a drainage tile system was disabled in the fall of 2012. These seasonal wetlands adjacent to Legler Branch a tributary of the Sugar River offer significant longitudinal connectivity for amphibians. - Photo Credit: n/a

Private landowners completing wetland restorations in 2012 with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Wisconsin finally can see the benefits of their efforts. A record dry summer led to nice dry conditions to do the construction to restore wetlands. The drought was so severe that only the snow melt and recent rains have begun to recharge the ground water.

Landowners are very excited to report restored wetland basins are full and working as designed by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program biologist. They are seeing mallards, blue-winged teal, woodcock, and sandhill cranes using the wetlands and surrounding nesting habitat. Chorus frogs are just beginning to call.

Learn more about the work we are doing in the Midwest. Check us out online: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/partners/.

 

Contact Info: Michael Engel, 608-221-1206x21, mike_engel@fws.gov