Welcome to the Leopold Wetland Management District! Named after Aldo Leopold, who is widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. The district encompasses almost 13,500 acres of waterfowl production areas in 17 southeastern Wisconsin counties, covering some of the most important waterfowl areas in the state. While waterfowl production areas are managed primarily for ducks and geese, they also provide habitat for a variety of other wildlife species such as grassland birds, pheasants, shorebirds, wading birds, mink, muskrat, wild turkey and deer and are open to the public for hiking, wildlife observation and photography, hunting, fishing and more. Enjoy!

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Waterfowl production areas (wpas) are open to wildlife-dependent recreation including hunting (deer, upland game and waterfowl), fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, interpretation, berry and mushroom and nut picking (for personal use only), hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing unless otherwise posted. Schoenberg (Columbia county), Uihlein (Winnebago county), Ulao (Ozaukee county), Becker (Columbia county) and Swan Pond (Dane county) waterfowl production areas offer trails for easier access. 

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      Our Species

      The district is managed primarily for migratory birds, which need a variety of habitats for feeding, courtship and nesting. Many other species benefit too.