Close up of turkey standing in prairie

Habitats

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is made up of a mosaic of habitats that provide homes for many different species. Several unique habitats can be found at HWR. The forested wetland is the most obvious, with its trees growing on hummocks surrounded by low ground that is often flooded. Cattail marsh habitat lines the shoreline of Lopas Pond/Channel providing cover and nesting habitat for many bird species. The open water habitats of Lopas Pond/Channel and Bartz Pond provide important fish nursery areas and support countless aquatic turtles. In areas that were historically filled, upland forest has developed, providing habitat for birds, snakes and mammals. The prairie meadow (manmade on a closed landfill) provides cover, food sources and countless opportunities for pollinators to survive. Let’s learn more about them!