Heartland Farm Sanctuary, at the edge of Wisconsin's Driftless Region, makes room for creatures large and small - horses to ducks.
On the dreariest of winter days, I head a few miles west of Madison, until snow-covered hills dip and roll as far as the eye can see. Only an occasional country estate interrupts this pure landscape, whose wetlands, forests and farmland mark the edge of Wisconsin's Driftless Region, an area untouched by glacial movement.
Near a sign that announces prairieland restoration, I veer onto an icy lane of gravel that leads to the weathered panels of an enormous barn. Outside, all seems desolate and detached from life, but a short, slick walk downhill is the beginning of a much different story.