|Swan Lake WMA|
In the heart of-south central Minnesota is one of the best and largest wetland complexes in North America: Swan Lake. This 10,000-acre, relatively undisturbed marsh wonderland is a place to experience the diversity and beauty of prairie wetlands, as they once existed.<br><br>Serious habitat degra...
Seven Mile Creek County Park
|Description: Nestled in the ravines and hills of the Minnesota River Valley, the fast-moving waters of Seven Mile Creek have cut through the land to form a picturesque valley bordering a fast-moving stream. Lying on the eastern edge of the region, the park is within a transition zone of the grasslands to the west and the deciduous forests to the east. The path cut by Seven Mile Creek offers an excellent place to view wildlife of deciduous woodlands and the Minnesota River corridor. Bur oak, green ash, basswood, sugar maple, hackberries and black cherries are among the tree species found in this region. The park is home to 8 miles of multi-use trails and impressive sandstone bluffs.|
Wildlife to Watch: The park is a popular birding site with excellent areas to see nesting and migrating bird species. Of particular Interest is the occasional sighting of a cerulean warbler. At the edge of their range, cerulean warblers have nested in the area. These blue-backed and white-breasted warblers prefer deciduous woods near river bottoms or streamsides like those of Seven Mile Creek.
You can see many other woodland songbirds here, like yellow-rumped, chestnut-sided, Kentucky worm-eating and blackpoll warblers. Spring and fall bring viewing opportunities during warbler and raptor migrations. Keep your eye out for eagles, red and gray foxes, white-tailed deer wild turkeys, cottontail rabbits, Wilson’s snipe, and pileated woodpeckers.
Special Tips: Park closed dusk to dawn.
Ownership: Nicollet County Public Works
Size: 628 acres
Closest Town: Mankato
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