Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County

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Forest Beach Migratory Preserve - Port Washington Wisconsin

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The Squires’ Property is a unique and important project.  The 116 acre site was previously used as a golf course.  However, the site boasts significant ecological value and restoration potential due to its size and proximity to Lake Michigan. The property is located on the Lake Michigan shoreline with the majority of the golf course situated approximately 600 feet inland. It is one of the largest tracts of open land remaining in Ozaukee County along Lake Michigan.  Snapping TurtleThe property features a 5-acre hardwood forest with ephemeral (seasonal) ponds, open grassland and prairie, a partially wooded ravine and five constructed wetland ponds. Ozaukee Washington Land Trust website


Lake Michigan ShorelineThe property’s location and attributes lends itself to supporting migratory birds along the Lake Michigan Flyway.  Immediately upon acquisition OWLT will begin stewardship activities including invasive and exotic plant control. Key restoration projects and restoration preparation activities will be conducted in the Spring of 2009.  Wetland restoration and activities will begin in the summer of 2009 and continue through the fall.  See Habitat Restoration Plan on the OWLT website

Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory logoNow also home to the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory a perfect match to study the birds that migrate through the preserve.

The mission of the Observatory is to: Advance knowledge of bird and bat populations and their conservation in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes region through coordinated research, monitoring, and education using good science. While its initial geographical focus will be on Wisconsin, expansion of its work will occur into Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. More info at

Outdoor Wisconsin Video with Shawn Graff


Location: 4970 Country Club Road, Belgium, WI

Lat/Lon: N 43deg 27.50100 min W 87 deg 48.90246 min

From Port Washington, Hwy. LL to Hwy. P (Dixie Road) (There is a red tavern/restaurant on the SW corner.) East on P. The road curves to the left and go right up to the old clubhouse and parking.

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. --Rachel Carson

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