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

  • Sunday, February 17, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, February 17

    Winter Adaptations with Kathlean Wolf ~ Enjoy an informal family-friendly walk with Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf along the scenic Warner Pond Lagoon by Warner Woods and across Castle Creek to discover the wetlands, woodlands and prairie restorations in the Wild Side of Warner Park on Madison's north side. Learn about winter adaptations and changes in behavior and physiology for creatures … Read more

  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, February 23

    Learn Tracks and Signs with Paul Noeldner ~ Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to explore hiking trails at Edna Taylor Conservation Park and look for tracks and signs of birds and wildlife. Kids can try making tracks for others to find and identify. Learn about some good books and apps that help identify creatures from their tracks and scat. Join a naturalist for an easy family-friendly walk … Read more

  • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, February 24

    Lakeshore Stories with Paul Noeldner ~ Learn about some of the history and research being done at the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Master Naturalist and Friends board member Paul Noeldner. We will take a walk to the Biocore Prairie to learn about plant and bird research being done there, and share stories about the nearby engagement orchard, archeological pottery kiln, and bone pit.  If … Read more

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, March 2

    Favorite Nature Readings with Paul Noeldner  ~ Join Master Naturalist and part-time poet Paul Noeldner for a leisurely family-friendly nature walk at beautiful Tenney Park. We will pause for a while at the Tenney Locks quay, arched stone bridges, and other scenic spots to enjoy the view and share brief readings from our favorite nature authors. Bring your Sand County Almanac or another nature … Read more

  • Sunday, March 3, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, March 3

    Early Spring Birding with Kevin Dewan ~ Master Naturalist Kevin Dewan will lead a walk to look for early spring birds at Cherokee Marsh. We may also see Eagles, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Sandhill Cranes and other year-round and migratory birds. Winter outings may include a campfire and hot chocolate. Cherokee Marsh is Madison’s largest conservation park. Explore beautiful trails through the … Read more

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, March 9

    Syrupping Isn't Just With Maples with Alex Singer ~ Take a fun and educational nature walk with Master Naturalist Alex Singer to learn about Maple Syrup and other trees that have sap rising in spring, and tree nutrient flow in general.  Enjoy a demonstration of maple syrup extraction tools. Explore Owen Conservation Park on gentle trails through historic oak openings on a hillside with an Ice … Read more

  • Sunday, March 10, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, March 10

    Tour Turville Trails with Paul Noeldner ~ Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to explore easy hiking paths at Turville Point Conservation Park on Madison's south side near the Coliseum. Learn about the historic oak woodlands where Great Horned Owls nest and Native Americans came by canoe to pick berries and nuts. Follow the Bluebird Trail around the restored central prairie to the Lake Monona … Read more

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, March 16

    Spring Phenology Signs with Paul Noeldner ~ Explore Starkweather Creek with Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to look for signs of spring along the creek and in surrounding natural areas. What insects, birds, and animals are starting to be more active?  We will also look for buds on different kinds of trees and bushes and early spring flowers blooming. Outings in the Starkweather Creek area begin … Read more

  • Sunday, March 17, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, March 17

    Whats Stirring at Warner? with Julie Melton ~ Enjoy an informal educational family-friendly nature walk with Master Naturalist Julie Melton to see what's starting to bud, chirp, bloom, and buzz as Spring begins!  We will look for signs of life along the Warner Pond Lagoon, in Warner Woods and across Castle Creek in the prairies in the Wild Side of Warner Park. Enjoy an informal family and … Read more

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, March 23

    Season Creep's Con's (and Pro's) with Alex Singer ~ Take a nature hike with Master Naturalist Alex Singer from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center through the ponds and woodlands of beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's southeast side. As the effects of climate change are finally noticed by more and more people, a frog in the cauldron is the earlier advent of Spring and the delaying … Read more

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, March 24

    The Early Birds with Chuck Henrikson ~ Spring is here and birds are singing!  Join avid birder Chuck Henrikson to look for early Spring birds at Picnic Point, scope for migrating waterfowl on University Bay, and find out who has arrived in other areas of the Lakeshore Preserve. Are the Bluebirds back at the Biocore Prairie? Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one! Join a naturalist for a … Read more

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    2019 Bird & Nature Festival - Warner Park

    The 7th Annual Bird & Nature Festival at Warner Park is co-sponsored by Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) partner groups Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and other local friends and environmental groups. FREE hands-on activities, educational exhibits and nature exploration!  Bring the whole family to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and Bird Day. ONGOING LIVE RAPTOR BIRD … Read more