This small prairie pothole at Engeldinger Marsh was formed by the remains of glacial meltwater 10,000 years ago. Though this small circular depression is a marshy, swampy wetland, it is less botanically diverse as the prairie and sedge meadow that surrounds it. It sustains a variety of plant life including Burr Reed, Spike Rush, Water Smartweed, and Swamp Milkweed. Engeldinger Marsh, located in central Iowa near Bondurant, is one of Iowa’s oldest remnant prairies. The 81 acre marsh includes a prairie pothole, sedge meadow and is home to hundreds of plants, mammals, reptiles and bird species.

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