Home to more than 400 plant species (including 26 rare ones!) and 75 species of grassland and wetland birds, Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area has an abundance of wildlife best to be seen in person. The Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund and its volunteers strive to protect this natural area through the removal of invasive species, controlled burns, and raising funds to help raise awareness about the beauty and fragility of this last, unbroken expanse of prairie.
Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural and Scientific Area achieved international recognition for its global significance in 2015. Part of the greater Lake Plain area known as Chiwaukee Prairie-Illinois Beach Lake Plain, the Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural and Scientific Area was included in a total of 3,914 acres designated as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention. Stretching along Lake Michigan in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois and owned by eight public landowners, additional points of interest included in this designation are: Kenosha Sand Dunes, Carol Beach Parks and Open Space, Spring Bluff Nature Preserve, Fossland/Novotny Park, Dead Dog Creek, Illinois Beach State Park and Nature Preserve, Hosha Prairie, Bowen Park and Glen Flora Tributary.
To learn more about the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain, visit https://www.wetlandsofdistinction.org/wetlands/Chiwaukee-Prairie-Illinois-Beach-Lake-Plain