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!
Sunday July 20, 1:30-3pm – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: The Heat is On at Warner Park, Warner Park Shelter by the Warner Lagoon, 1625 Northport Drive. Join Paul Noeldner for a bird and nature walk through Warner Park. Enjoy stories about neighbors who love the park and the wildlife they see, school kids who go wild in the park every week, 135 bird species that visit or call it home, and amazing Catbird research. We will also look for 'Sammy' the new Sandhill Crane colt!
Sunday August 3, 1:30-3pm - Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Cherokee Marsh Bluebirds and Prairies, North Unit Parking Lot6098 N. Sherman Avenue. JoinPaul Noeldner and Mike Rewey for a family friendly walk on easy paths through blooming summer prairie blossoms. Learn about the Bluebird Trail and help look for nesting Bluebirds and other bird species that benefit from habitat restoration and nest box projects. Co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon.
Saturday August 9, 10-11:30am – Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Trees at Turville Point, 1156 Olin-Turville Courtparking lot just off John Nolen Drive at the railroad tracks. Take a cool, refreshing nature stroll in Turville Point Conservation Parkand come to appreciate the many beautiful trees. Jeff Steele, our nature guy, will be joined by Sean Gere, a certified forester, who will point out a great many trees, including both the natives and introduced trees. Co-sponsored by Friends of OlinTurville and Madison Audubon.
Sunday August 17, 1:30-3pm - Monthly Bird and Nature Walk: Wild Warner, Warner Park Shelter by the Warner Lagoon, 1625 Northport Drive. Did you know that at least 135 species of birds use the natural habitat areas in Warner Park during migration or stay for the summer? Join Paul Noeldner and Trish O’Kane to listen for the friendly ‘mew’ of Catbirds and other native Wisconsin nesting birds that make Warner Park their home. Learn about Trish’s fascinating project to track Catbird migration to distant lands and back. Co-sponsored by Wild Warner and MadisonAudubon.
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.