Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

Headquarters at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

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Patchwork Quilt Planting of Forest Beach Migratory Preserve

Located along Lake Michigan in Ozaukee County north of Port Washington, Forest Beach Migratory Preserve covers 116 acres. This preserve contains a hardwood forest with seasonal ponds, areas of open grassland and restored prairie, several areas of conifers, and more than 20 constructed wetland ponds. From the 1940s until 2008, Forest Beach was Squires Country Club – an 18-hole golf course. The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust purchased the land, and through restoration, control of exotic plants and a lot of hard work, established a migratory bird preserve.

This project supports migratory birds during both spring and fall along the Lake Michigan Flyway. The partners who designed this preserve, including WGLBBO’s Founder, Dr. Noel Cutright, created a "patchwork quilt" design of habitats that support many species of migratory birds, plus a wide variety of invertebrates including many butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies, a number of reptile and amphibian species, plus several mammal species.

The FBMP Management Plan calls for:

“Enhanc(ing) the diversity and abundance of feeding and resting areas (i.e., stopover habitat) used by a myriad of migratory bird species, with an emphasis on those that are threatened, endangered, or species of concern.

Create and enhance landforms and vegetative characteristics that facilitate groundwater recharge and help protect water quality in Lake Michigan.Plant vegetation types that will enhance carbon sequestration.Provide education and outdoor recreation opportunities to increase awareness and appreciation for migratory birds and natural resource conservation.”

When you visit FBMP today, you’ll find an interpretive trail system. You can visit this preserve to hike, observe the birds (252 species as of late 2016), or cross country ski.

Learn about the restoration efforts and each of the habitats at: https://owlt.org/visit-our-preserves/forest-beach-migratory-preserve#project-goals