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.
Take a Turville Tour
Sunday, March 8, 1:30-3:00 pm
Turville Point Conservation Park
1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
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.
Castle Creek Awakes
Sunday, March 15, 1:30-3:00 pm
Warner Park Shelter
1625 Northport Dr.
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.
Spring Equinox Walk
Sunday, March 22, 1:30-3:00 pm
3016 Lake Mendota Dr.
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.
Wheeler Rd. and Ilene Ln. intersection
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm
Witness the rebirth of oak savanna habitat along the shores of glacial Lake Mendota. Ponds constructed nearby in 2012 treat urban storm water while providing wildlife habitat. We'll look for early migrating birds in and around the ponds.
1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 pm
Explore this beautiful downtown park along the shores of Lake Monona. Spring ephemeral wildflowers carpet the "tip" of the peninsula.
6098 N. Sherman Ave.
Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 pm
Diverse natural habitats in a large landscape provide a mecca for birds and other wildlife. Walk through a large oak savanna restoration which attracted 3 nesting pairs of red-headed woodpeckers in 2014.
2406 Berkley Dr.
Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 pm
Goat prairies and oak savanna restorations cover this glaciated ridge providing a snapshot of a landscape that once dominated Dane County.
Saturday, August 8, 8:00 am
Cherokee Marsh - South Unit
School Rd. Boat Launch
Bring your own paddle craft to paddle through the "fragrant thickets" of American Lotus Water Lily looking for a variety of wetland birds and other wildlife.
802 Femrite Dr.
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm
Walk on a glacial drumlin with large open grown oaks with numerous linear mounds and one panther effigy originating from another time in human history.
6021 Old Sauk Rd.
Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 pm
Learn about the natural and human history of this 100 acre natural gem "hidden" on the west side of Madison. View outstanding fall color with oaks and maples that cover this glacial moraine.
Please help thank and support Madison Bird City Partners who co-sponsor these free Bird and Nature Walks! See the websites below for more detail about these groups and activities you may enjoy.
- Friends of Cherokee Marsh
- Friends of Olin-Turville
- Wild Warner
- Lakeshore Nature Preserve
- Madison Audubon
- Bird City Madison
- Madison Parks
- Bird and Nature Walk at Warner Park: Wild Warner Winter Fun
- Bird and Nature Walk at Lakeshore Preserve: Exploring Lakeshore Paths
- Bird and Nature Walk at Cherokee Marsh: Signs of Spring
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.