The fields of non-native grasslands along Eola road, provide the best
habitat on site for grassland birds. For convenience, the grasslands can be
divided into three parts. The "North Eola Grasslands" occupy both sides of Eola
north of Batavia rd. The "Dog Training Area" lies to the east of Eola, between
Batavia rd. and Swenson rd. The "South Eola Grasslands" are also east of Eola,
but south of the canal connecting Lake Law to Swenson rd. pond. Each summer
since year 2000,
have been found in at least one of the three sections.
Sedge Wrens and
are regular breeders in the "South Eola Grasslands" and until recently a pair of
were regular summer residents of the "North Eola Grasslands". This area has
also been a fairly regular wintering site for
and when there is a good snow cover, both
Snow Buntings and
can sometimes be seen feeding along the edges of the road.
There are a couple of low areas in the "North Eola Grasslands" which usually
hold water throughout the Spring. These pools have produced a number of rarities
Cinnamon Teal (1998), and
have been found nesting in these ponds on several occasions.