ECOLOGY and PLANT COMMUNITIES
Located along a chain of small lakes linked to the Milwaukee River, LLC is rich in natural diversity. Lakes, ponds, wetlands, native hardwood forest, tall grass prairie, and a red pine plantation enhance the outdoor experience at LLC. LLC also lies within the “tension zone,” a transition area between northern and southern Wisconsin plant communities, further increasing the number of species of plants.
Over the years, well over 200 species of birds have frequented LLC. They range from pond/wetland species (like ducks, geese, heron, and grebe) to upland birds (like bluebird, flycatchers, woodpeckers, and warblers). Raptors (hawks, owls, and osprey) also are often sighted.
Small mammals abound in the forest and prairie. Deer, squirrel, beaver, mink, and muskrat can be seen while hiking the trails at LLC. Our state mascot, the badger, has burrows in one of the hillsides overlooking the lake.
The Kettle Moraine, including LLC’s landscape, was formed during the most recent (Wisconsinan) glacial stage beginning about 70,000 years ago and lasting until about 12,500 years ago. This icy invader reshaped the land, creating the lakes, wetlands, kettles, eskers, kames, and interlobate topography.