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Free, informal family-friendly Bird and Nature Walks are offered monthly year round on Sunday afternoons 1:30-3pm. Discover the hidden natural areas in four of Madison's most beautiful parks and conservancies. Volunteer trip leaders and participants share their enthusiasm about nature and the birds, plants, and animals. Walks are on easy paths through scenic areas. Enjoy healthy nature recreation with a bit of nature education! No registration is required. Wear appropriate clothing, insect repellant, and footwear for the weather and hiking. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them!

2015 Bird and Nature Walk Quick Calendar

1st Sunday

Cherokee Marsh
6800 N. Sherman Ave.

2nd Sunday Turville Point Conservation Park
1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
3rd Sunday Warner Park
1625 Northport Dr.
4th Sunday UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve
3016 Lake Mendota Dr.

 

Upcoming Dates

Sunday,
March 22,
1:30-3:00 pm

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk

Meet at the Eagle Heights Community Gardens entrance one block up the hill from University Bay Drive, park across the street in the first lot and walk over. We will celebrate the Spring Equinox and stroll through the gardens, woods and prairie and along the lake to enjoy the sights and sounds of early spring migratory birds. Is that a Loon calling on the lake? Are Bluebirds staking claims to their boxes? Dogs are not permitted on these walks. Volunteer co-leaders welcome. Contact: Paul Noeldner (608) 698-0104. Walks at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve the 4th Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City partners: Friends of UW Lakeshore Preserve and Madison Audubon.

Sunday,
April 5,
1:30-3:00 pm

Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk

Details coming soon.

Sunday,
April 12,
1:30-3:00 pm

Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk

Meet at the Turville parking lot via John Nolan Drive at the railroad tracks. FOOT naturalists Andria Blattner and Jeff Steele will take you on a tour of Olin-Turville Park trails through the woods, prairie and lakeshore and share stories about the fascinating human and ecological history of the restored natural landscape. Did you know Native Americans used to 'canoepool' to Turville to pick berries with shared canoes? Along the way we will look for early birds in the trees and on the lakes and other signs of spring. Volunteer co-leaders welcome. Contact: Paul Noeldner (608) 698-0104. Dogs are not allowed in the conservation park. Walks at Turville Point the 2nd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City partners Friends of Olin Turville, Madison Audubon and Madison Parks.

Sunday,
April 19,
1:30-3:00 pm

Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk

Meet at the colorful Warner Park Shelter by the lagoon below Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Parking is available nearby. Enjoy free healthy nature recreation and a bit of education on a family-friendly walk along the small creek that runs through Warner Park and the lagoon to Lake Mendota. The Spring Equinox will be awakening the creek and surrounding woodland, swamp, prairie and marsh habitats that support over 130 species of birds, spawning fish and other wildlife. Dogs must be on leash unless in the dog park area. Volunteer co-leaders welcome. Contact: Paul Noeldner (608) 698-0104. Walks at Warner Park the 3rd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City partners Wild Warner, Madison Audubon and Madison Parks.

Sunday,
April 26,
1:30-3:00 pm

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk

Sunday,
May 3,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
May 10,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
May 17,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
May 24,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
June 7,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
June 14,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
June 21,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
June 28,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
July 5,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
July 12,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk

Sunday,
July 19,
1:30-3:00 pm

Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
July 26,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
August 2,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
August 9,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
August 16,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
August 23,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
September 6,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
September 13,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
September 20,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
September 27,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
October 4,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
October 11,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
October 18,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
October 25,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
November 1,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
November 8,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
November 15,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
November 22,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
December 6,
1:30-3:00 pm
Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
December 13,
1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
December 20,
1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk
Sunday,
December 27,
1:30-3:00 pm
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Bird and Nature Walk

 

2015 Bird and Nature Walks Information

Madison is proud to be certified as a Bird City. Madison Parks and Bird City partner groups work together to protect birds and wildlife, provide native habitat and natural areas in parks, neighborhoods and yards, and actively support and enjoy nature recreation and education that benefit public health, wellness, kids, and community values. See these Madison Bird City partner websites for additional activities.


Remember to wear weather appropriate clothing, shoes and insect deterrents and bring a water bottle.  Dogs are NOT permitted at Cherokee Marsh and Turville Point Conservation Park or other locations and events unless specified. Events are rain or shine but may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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