Wildlife Found in Hartman Creek
Hartman Creek State Park offers a wide variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether hiking on the Oak Ridge Trail System or fishing Hartman Lake, you will find that Hartman Creek State Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering an interesting selection of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and even endangered species.
- Mammals: The wide variety of habitats in the park allows for a vast array of animals: white-tailed deer are the most common, raccoons, cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, red foxes, coyotes, mink, and muskrat.
- Birds: Hartman Creek State Park is an excellent place to observe many diverse species of birds including both songbirds and birds of prey. The types of birds seen vary with the changing seasons. Some of the most commonly seen are: Black-capped Chickadees, Cardinals, Robins, Blue Jays, Ducks, Geese, Warblers, Sparrows and Woodpeckers, Owls, Hawks, Flycatchers, Swallows, Bluebirds, Sandhill Cranes. Other species also reported seen: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron.
- Fish: The numerous man-made and natural lakes throughout the park make excellent areas for aquatic studies and fishing opportunities. Some of the most common species of fish that angles have caught in the park include largemouth bass and panfish. Some park visitors have even been lucky enough to catch muskies, pike and walleye.
- Reptiles and Amphibians: Many species of salamanders, frogs, toads, snakes and turtles make their homes in Hartman Creek State Park. Some of the most commonly seen include Painted Turtles, Snapping Turtles, Eastern Garter Snakes, Eastern American Toads and a variety of frogs. There are no poisonous snakes in the park.
- Endangered Animals: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Karner Blue Butterfly as federally endangered in December 1992. Wisconsin has the greatest number of Karner Blue butterfly sites in the country, and Hartman Creek has one of the largest populations of Karner Blues in the state. The abundance of Karner Blues at Hartman Creek is due to a large population of Wild Lupine which is essential to the Karner Blue caterpillar. It is the only plant they are known to feed upon. Butterfly watching is a rapidly growing pastime that attracts visitors to sites with rare species, just as bird watching does.
Please note all plant life is protected except for wild edibles. Please don't pick the flowers or other plants - leave them for someone else to enjoy.
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