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You can help preserve bald eagle habitat at Ferry Bluff.
And your gift will be matched!

Ferry Bluff State Natural Area (SNA), on the Wisconsin River just south of Sauk City, is a high priority for bald eagle conservation. It serves as a pivotal base for wintering bald eagles, where they can forage under ice-free conditions near the dam when the rest of the river is frozen. Click here for a map.  

Together with the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council, Groundswell is working to purchase 31.5 acres adjacent to Ferry Bluff on the south side. This new land will keep development away from one of the current roosts, as well as protect potential roost areas. Eagles have strong site fidelity, so a mating pair tends to reuse the same nest year after year.

The project total, including land acquisition and transaction costs is $164,965. We have raised funds from the Knowles-Nelson State Stewardship Program, foundations, and private donors, leaving a goal as of October 19th of $13,000.

Thanks to concerned citizens, Wisconsin DNR, and organizations like Ferry Bluff Eagle Council, bald eagle populations have risen in Wisconsin over the past few decades. But we have to remain vigilant to protect this once endangered bird from the constant pressures of development and human proximity.

Ferry Bluff is also a migratory bird site, providing important breeding habitat for species of conservation concern such as the Cerulean Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher.

Expanding the protected area by adding this new land will also help manage more of the Ferry Bluff oak forest that is critical to eagle conservation. Across the Wisconsin River is more than three continuous miles of protected state land. Protecting both sides of the river multiplies the ecological value of this habitat.

All gifts made in support of this project will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a recent donor bequest.


In the notes of your online donation, please indicate that your gift is for the Ferry Bluff campaign.



Photo credits: Tim Escher (home page). This page top to bottom: Tim Escher, Tony Abate, Thomas Meyer.


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