Ranger Rick's Geocache Trail: Savanna Lookout
In Wisconsin, United States
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Welcome to the Barren’s Nature Trail. A pine and oak barrens is a type of savanna. A savanna is an open landscape of prairie grasses and wildflowers with scattered trees. Before the European settlers came to Wisconsin, central Wisconsin consisted of a mix of barrens, prairies, and dense woodlands. Through farming and development much of these areas were eliminated. The park is working to restore the oak and pine barrens at Buckhorn State Park. Follow the paved trail to the lookout tower. Along the way you can listen to the eco box and find out more about the history of the barrens in this area. The interpretive signs along the trail will also give you information about work being done at the park to restore the Barrens. From the tower, look out over the barrens. See what plants and trees you see that provide food and shelter for all of the creatures living in the barrens. Listen for the gobbles of turkeys that make their homes here, the tapping of woodpeckers, or the call of the sandhill crane.
If you’re lucky you may see one of Ranger Rick’s friends here. This friend looks like a small dog. She is reddish in color with a bushy tail. She is active at night and early in the morning and likes to eat animals from insects to rabbits. She will also eat berries and fruit. Find the cache and look for another clue about this animal then stamp her paw on your passport.
This cache is located in an area designated as a State Natural Area with special permission from Thomas Meyer, Conservation Biologist with the State Natural Areas Program of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Heather Wolf, property manager at Buckhorn State park. Please stay on the designated trails, all caches are located within 20 feet of the trail. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: http://www.wi-geocaching.com/hiding
A current Wisconsin State Parks sticker is required to park a vehicle in any part of the park at any time of year.
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Last Updated: on 10/2/2015 10:45:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time (5:45 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum