Bird & Nature Outings

Turville Point Bird & Nature Outing with Chuck Henrikson

Discover nature by foot, paddle or pedal! Thanks to our nature expert volunteers, Madison Parks offers free, family-friendly Bird & Nature Outings at various park locations throughout the year. No registration is required. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing for the day, be prepared for mosquitoes when in-season, and wear footwear for the weather when hiking. Dogs are not permitted. Binoculars, cameras and children are welcome.

Thanks to the Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) for their dedication and enthusiasm. Join the FUN! For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Noeldner, (608) 698-0104.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, February 24

    Owl You Need is Love! Join Naturalist Emily Steinwehe to learn about the love life of the Barred Owl that lives near the Nature Center and find out what other Wisconsin birds nest in winter.  Free nature outing, no registration required, families and kids welcome, no pets. Meet at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for an easy family-friendly walk into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park and … Read more

  • Sunday, February 25, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, February 25

    Burning Questions with Paul Noeldner. Join other nature lovers, family and friends for a beautiful winter nature hike at Picnic Point and the Lakeshore Preserve!  How can fire help preserve nature? Who helped mother nature start fires historically?  Where do we see the benefits in prairies and woodlands?  Why do woodpeckers and other birds flock to burned areas?  Free, family friendly outing, … Read more

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, March 3

    Citizen Science with Eva Lewandowski. Enjoy nature in Tenney Park along Lake Mendota and the Yahara River Parkway bike path through the Madison Isthmus! Free, family-friendly walks at Tenney Park are held the first Saturday of each month, from 2:30-4pm and begin at the Tenney Beach parking lot, 1300 Sherman Avenue. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Madison … Read more

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, March 4

    Cranes & Badgers with Paul Noeldner. Cherokee Marsh is Madison’s largest conservation park. Explore beautiful trails through the woodlands, wetlands and restored prairies along the Yahara ‘Catfish’ River. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society. Follow North Sherman Ave. to the parking lot at the end of the gravel entrance road.   Read more

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, March 10

    Fun with Dirt! Join Kristin McElligott for a guided walk at Owen Conservation Park. Explore Owen Conservation Parks on gentle trails through historic oak openings on a hillside with an Ice Age kettle and along restored prairies with beautiful vistas on this high point overlooking the west side of Madison. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society and Owen Conservation Park … Read more

  • Sunday, March 11, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, March 11

    Early Signs of Spring with Emily Steinwehe. Follow rolling hiking paths through the Turville Point woodlands and prairie with beautiful vistas of Lake Monona and Monona Bay. Walks at Turville Point held on the 2nd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners, Madison Parks, Friends of Olin Turville and Madison Audubon Society. Meet at the Turville parking lot from John … Read more

  • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    2018 Bird & Nature Festival

    Make plans to see, do, and learn at the 2018 Bird & Nature Festival at Warner Park. Featured presentation topic: Bats! By Jennifer Redell, Conservation Biologist /Cave & Mine Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Mark your calendar now to attend this great, FREE event - perfect for kids of all ages. For more information or to participate contact, Paul Noeldner (608) … Read more