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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
6098 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,
April 5,
1:30-3:00 pm

Cherokee Marsh Bird and Nature Walk

The Sandhill Cranes are back! Cherokee Marsh North Unit, 6098 North Sherman Avenue, take entry lane past gate to main parking lot. We will listen for the wild trumpeting of Sandhill Cranes returning to their wetland homes. Crane pairs bond by dancing and leaping into the air. Robins, Bluebirds and other beautiful birds are also returning to Wisconsin. Along the trails we will look for the first signs of spring plants (ephemerals) peeping out. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for cool and possibly wet spring weather. Kids are welcome, dogs are not allowed. Volunteer co-leaders welcome. Contact: Paul Noeldner (608) 698-0104. Walks at Cherokee Marsh are the 1st Sunday of every month and co-sponsored by Madison Bird City partners Friends of Olin Turville and Madison Audubon.

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,
12:00-4:00 pm

Warner Park Bird and Nature Walk

Welcome nature lovers, students, families and kids to a special Bird City Day celebration. Our beautiful Madison birds and nature with an afternoon of fun events, games and activities. Help plant a tree for Arbor Day to replace lost Ash trees. Enjoy Earth Day with a Bird and Nature Walk to officially name the newly restored Castle Creek. Play Bird Bingo. Sing and dance with the Wingin' It Bird Band. Do a Big Sit on Bird Island for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Visit Bird City - Madison for more information.

Sunday,
April 26,
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 Olin Turville and Madison Audubon.

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
image: Bird and Nature Walks
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.