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Bird & Nature Adventures

Turville Point Bird & Nature Outing with Chuck Henrikson

Discover nature by foot, paddle or pedal or pontoon in a Bird & Nature Adventure!

Bird & Nature Adventures are 90-minute, easy-paced, walking tours and periodically offered as a pedal -- biking adventure or a paddle. Most meeting locations and times are the same each month, but can occasionally change, as does the topics each month. Be sure to check the individual calendar event under “Upcoming Events” to confirm the meeting location and other details.

Day of the Month Time Location (Click link for additional park information.)
1st Saturday 2:30 - 4pm Tenney Park Beach
1330 Sherman Ave.
Exact meeting location may vary. See event listing.
1st Sunday 1:30 - 3pm Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North
6098 N. Sherman Ave.
Meet at the end of the gravel road, near the restroom building.
2nd Saturday 2:30 - 4pm Owen Conservation Park
6021 Old Sauk Rd.
2nd Sunday 1:30 - 3pm Turville Point Conservation Park
1155 Olin-Turville Ct.
Meet at the Turville Point parking lot, entrance at E. Olin Ave. stoplight.
3rd Saturday 10 - 11:30am Starkweather Creek Area
Meeting location varies; see event listing.
3rd Sunday 1:30 - 3pm Warner Park
2930 N. Sherman Ave.
4th Saturday 10 - 11:30am Edna Taylor Conservation Park
Meet at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Dr.

Bird & Nature Adventures happen year-round, in rain, snow or shine. Events are always family-friendly and free to attend. No registration is required. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and the outing. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. Pets are not allowed.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Noeldner (608) 698-0104. See Madison Friends of Urban Nature for additional locations, including Pheasant Branch Conservancy and UW Lakeshore Preserve, adventure topics and educational tools.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, August 13, 2022
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Owen

    Prairies in Bloom ~ Join a Naturalist for a free fun family-friendly guided tour or take a healthy nature walk on your own any day in August along easy hiking paths at Owen Park to enjoy beautiful native prairie wildflowers at the peak of summer! Notice how tall and strong Wisconsin's native prairie plants grow!  Aldo Leopold pointed out that non-native plants fall over in harsh Wisconsin … Read more

  • Sunday, August 14, 2022
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Turville Point

    Mushrooms & Fungi ~ Join Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf for a guided tour or take a walk on your own any day in August to see if you can spot some of the hundreds of different species of mushrooms and fungi that grow along the trails. Look high and low, especially around decaying logs and on tree snags. Remember to stay on the trail and not pick things since this is a Conservation Park. Fungi … Read more

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Starkweather Creek Area

    Eken Parkland with the Friends of Starkweather ~ Outings in the Starkweather Creek area vary each month - be sure to check the starting location. Adventures typically at 10:00am on the 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round, and frequently start at the Goodman Community Center, unless noted otherwise. Outings include nature walks, canoe/kayak adventures, bicycling tours, and more, and are … Read more

  • Sunday, August 21, 2022
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Warner Park

    Mushrooms & Fungi with Kathlean Wolf ~  Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the scenic Warner Pond lagoon and across Castle Creek to discover the wetlands, woods, and prairie in the Wild Side of Warner Park and the birds and other creatures that call it home! Walks at Warner Park held on the 3rd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners Wild … Read more

  • Saturday, August 27, 2022
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Edna Taylor

    Birds, Bugs & Bees with Julie Melton ~  Join a naturalist for an easy family-friendly walk from Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park and enjoy a bit of nature education along the way. Walks through the Edna Taylor Conservation Park are held on the 4th Saturday, 10-11:30am of each month and begin at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive. Meet … Read more