Acquisition

Crawford County bats are in jeopardy

Help us acquire the Kickapoo Indian Caverns

This 83-acre property in Crawford County hosts one of Wisconsin’s top five largest hibernating bat populations. The federally threatened northern long-eared bat, state threatened little brown bat and eastern pipistrelle spend all winter in this spectacular cavern system. The site is at a regionally important bat migration corridors near the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. We will limit access to the cavern during the time bats are sensitive to disturbance but guided tours of this stunning limestone cavern would be permitted at other times of the year. 

Kickapoo Caverns is one of Wisconsin’s longest natural cavern systems. The cave features include an underground river, cathedral-like chambers and beautifully colored ribbon stalactites.

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to permanently conserve this unique site. You’ll not only be helping bats, but also protecting native remnant prairie, oak woodland, rock outcrops, sinkholes and part of the Lower Kickapoo River Important Bird Area! While the cavern would be open only for guided tours, the rest of the property offers hiking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, and hunting opportunities. The site will become available for educational events and research opportunities.   

Time is running out and we need an additional $150,000 to complete the purchase before it’s too late.

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