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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Karner Blue Meadow (No. 327)

Karner Blue Meadow

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer


Overview

Location

Waushara County. T20N-R11E, Section 28 NE¼SE¼. 40 acres.

Description

Description

Karner Blue Meadow features a dry sand prairie that is home to a strong population of the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis). The Karner blue is one of many plants and animals native to the sandy oak savannas and dry prairie habitat that have declined dramatically over the past several decades. Historically, the Karner blue occurred from eastern Minnesota, across the Great Lakes and into New England but has now disappeared from numerous states due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and a lack of natural disturbance, such as wildfire. The Karner blue is restricted to habitats that contain wild lupine, a beautiful purplish-blue flowering plant -the larval butterfly’s only food plant. A plant of dry sand prairies and other open communities, lupine is abundant throughout this natural area. Other plants include blazing-star, flowering spurge, wormwood, spiderwort and New Jersey tea. The natural area borders Bonneville Lake, a 15-acre seepage lake surrounded by marshy vegetation. The lake supports a diverse aquatic invertebrate fauna, including several species of dragonflies. The Wisconsin DNR is working in conjunction with multiple corporate and private landowners to ensure that management activities, such as fire, brushing, and mowing, help ensure the long-term protection of the Karner blue butterfly. Karner Blue Meadow is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1998.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 22 and A north of Wild Rose, go east on County A 3.0 miles, then south on 22nd Avenue 0.5 mile to a parking area in the southeast corner of the site.

Ownership

Karner Blue Meadow is owned by:

  • WDNR

Maps

The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.

Objectives

Site objectives

Manage the site as a rare animal conservation area. Manage the site to maintain a mostly open condition for use by Karner Blue butterfly. Provide opportunities for research and education on this critical butterfly habitat.

Management approach

The warm-season grassland is kept open via prescribed fire, mowing and grazing. Scattered oaks and shrubs will remain. Other activities include control of invasive plants, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to view Karner Blue butterflies.

Recreation

Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Drone use, unless authorized by a SNA research permit
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017