Know Your Wisconsin: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Air Date: 08/22/2020 -
Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a natural area located west of Madison, in Middleton. It contains a marsh with open water, springs, prairies, meadows, lowland forest and wooded hills. These various habitats sustain a wide variety of plants and animals and create a haven for local birdwatchers. “One of the cool things about Pheasant Branch is we have five or six different habitats and many birds need at least two habitats for their survival during the course of the year so they can be successful. Of the 400 bird species that you find in Wisconsin, you can find almost half of them here at some time during the year,” said Pheasant Branch Conservancy Education Coordinator Anne Boucher. Over the last 25 years, thousands of volunteers have restored this land by weeding invasive species, collecting and spreading prairie seeds, coordinating prescribed fires, and working on construction projects throughout the year to provide the community with this free, public space. With numerous fundraisers and events throughout the years, Pheasant Branch Conservancy hopes to raise enough money to keep the space open for years to come.
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