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Free family-friendly nature recreation and education! To celebrate Madison being formally recognized as a Bird City, Madison Parks, in collaboration with other organizations, will offer free monthly bird and nature walks. Mark your calendar for the first Sunday of every month at Cherokee Marsh, the second Saturday at Turville Point, and the third Sunday at Warner Park to participate in this fun, and free, event!

 

 

Friday April 11, 6:30pm – Special Bird and Nature Walk: Evening at Cherokee Marsh, North Unit Parking Lot 6098 N. Sherman Avenue. Take an evening scroll with expert birders Levi Wood and Tony Kalenic and quietly watch and listen to the amazing peenting and winnowing of mating flights of the Woodcock at dusk. Co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon.

Saturday April 12, 10-11:30am – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Spring Arrives at Turville Point, 1156 Olin-Turville Court parking lot just off John Nolan Drive at the railroad tracks.  Enjoy a family friendly walk with Andria Blattner and naturalist Jeff Steele to explore Turville Point Conservation Park and the Monona lakeshore. We will look for early migrating birds and emerging spring flowers.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Olin Turville and Madison Audubon.

Wednesday April 16, 6:30pm – Special Bird and Nature Walk: Evening at Turville Point, 1156 Olin-Turville Court parking lot just off John Nolan Drive at the railroad tracks.  Explore this beautiful downtown park along the shores of Lake Monona with Madison Parks Conservation Supervisor Russ Hefty.  Spring ephemeral wildflowers carpet the “tip” of the peninsula. For more information, contact trip leader Russ Hefty at (608) 267-4918.  Co-sponsored by Madison Parks and Madison Audubon.

Sunday April 20, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Spring Birds of Warner Park, Warner Park shelter by the lagoon 1625 Northport Drive. Join Paul Noeldner and Tim Nelson for a healthy walk through the Wild side of Warner Park the 3rd Sunday of every month.  We will look for signs of spring in the water, plants and trees and the yearly return of birds and animal activity.  Co-sponsored by Wild Warner and Madison Audubon.

Saturday May 3,Special Event: Madison Audubon Art Fair & Nature Celebration at Warner Park, Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive. This is a great family outing the week before Mother’s Day with kids’ activities, a Bird Blitz and lots of beautiful art.  Sponsored by Madison Audubon. 

 

Sunday May 4, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk:  Birds, Bugs and Blossoms - Cherokee Marsh, North Unit parking lot 6098 N. Sherman Avenue.  Enjoy a healthy walk with Paul Noeldner and Jan Axelson to find spring birds and beautiful blossoms at Cherokee Marsh.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon.

Saturday May 10, 10:00am–4pm – Special Event: Madison Bird and Nature Festival at Olin-Turville Park Olin Pavilion, 1156 Olin-Turville Court.  Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and Madison’s fantastic urban nature recreation and habitat preserves at Olin-Turville and other south side parks and nature centers within easy biking and driving distance.  Come for a Bird and Nature Walk at 10 and make it a day. Schools, families and kids are encouraged to create fun costumes and join in the Bird Puppet and Critter Parade at 11 am at Olin Pavilion. Bring kids bird art and nature projects to show at free display tables and nature poems and writings to read at the event.  Enjoy fascinating presentations about Why Birds Matter, How Birds Work, Where Birds Live and What Bird Lovers Do.  There will be hands-on educational displays, partner information tables, music, kids’ activities, bird and nature walks, native plant sales, bird art, and a scavenger hunt at Olin Turville and other south side parks and nature centers along the Monona-Wingra eco-corridor and connecting bike paths from Aldo Leopold Nature Center to 9 Springs Natural Area and the Arboretum.  This year we will also welcome Monona to Bird City.  All events are free except some activities at nature centers may have a small fee.  Contact event coordinator Paul Noeldner at paul_noeldner@hotmail.com, (608) 698-0104 for more information about the event and participating. Co-sponsored by Madison Bird City Partners including Madison Parks, Friends of Olin Turville, Madison Audubon, and many other area Friends groups and environmental organizations.

Thursday May 15, 6:00am – Special Bird and Nature Walk: Warbler Walk at Cherokee Marsh, North Unit parking lot, 6098 N. Sherman Avenue. Join expert birder Kyle Lindemer to look and listen for a variety of brightly colored Warbler species and other spectacular birds.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon.

Sunday May 18, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Woodland Wonders at Warner Park, Warner Park Tin Can shelter by Warner Pond, 1625 Northport Drive. April Showers bring May Flowers!  Join Tim Nelson to explore the hidden paths of Warner Woods to find Shooting Stars and other spring ephemerals, woodland flowers that bloom while trees are still in bud. Co-sponsored by Wild Warner and Madison Audubon.

Sunday June 1, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Summer Scenes and Songbirds at Cherokee Marsh, North Unit Parking Lot 6098 N. Sherman Avenue. Join Jan Axelson and Paul Noeldner for a family friendly walk through the green woods, across open prairies and along the sparkling waters of the Cherokee watershed and discover the birds, creatures and plants that call it home.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon.

Saturday June 7, 10-11:30am – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Surf, Sun and Shade at Turville Point, 1156 Olin-Turville Court parking lot just off John Nolan Drive at the railroad tracks.  Well, not quite surf but the views of blue Lake Monona waves and the white Capitol are spectacular. Take a healthy nature stroll with Jeff Steele and Andria Blattner and learn about the human and natural history of beautiful Turville Point. Co-sponsored by Friends of Olin Turville and Madison Audubon.

Sunday June 15, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: A Circle Tour of Warner Park, Warner Park shelter by the lagoon 1625 Northport Drive.  Wild Warner’s Tim Nelson and Paul Noeldner will lead you to the far ends of Warner Park past the Fox den and along Warner Beach and back. Along the way you will learn about important pieces of the ecosystem puzzle. Co-sponsored by Wild Warner and Madison Audubon.

Sunday July 6, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk:  Celebrate Our Nature Heritage at Cherokee Marsh, North Unit parking lot 6098 N. Sherman Avenue. The things that make an individual and country great include social and environmental ethics: love and stewardship for nature as a shared sustainable resource and responsibility.  Celebrate this heritage with a family-friendly nature walk with Jan Axelson and Paul Noeldner and help do readings from Leopold and Muir and your own favorite thoughts and poems at special places along the way. Co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon.

Sunday July 20, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: The Heat is On at Warner Park, Warner Park Tin Can shelter by Warner Pond, 1625 Northport Drive. Remember that long winter?  Soak up some warm summer sun with a leisurely stroll along Warner Pond and cool off in the shady woodland trails.  Native flowers and plants will be at their summer peaks and young nestlings and bunnies will be exploring their new world.  Co-sponsored by Wild Warner and Madison Audubon.

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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