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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, December 10, 2022
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Owen

    Nature as Classroom with Beth Whitaker ~ Owen Conservation Park is a living nature classroom for a variety of citizen science and academic research projects. Join Beth Whitaker for a free family-friendly guided walk to see Owen Park for yourself and places where projects are happening such as the Bluebird Trail boxes around restored prairies where Bumblebee Brigade and Monarch Tagging Research … Read more

  • Sunday, December 11, 2022
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Turville Point

    Magic of Winter with Andria Blattner ~ Join Naturalist Andria Blattner with Friends of Olin Turville on a guided walk to discover the magic of nature in winter at Turville Point and learn about the plants and animals that call it home. We will follow the winding trails past old oaks to the hilltop restored prairie and majestic pines where Great Horned Owls nest in winter as snow falls around … Read more

  • Saturday, December 17, 2022
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Starkweather Creek Area

    Winter Tree ID with Eva Roos ~ Join Master Naturalist Eva Roos for a fun and informal free family-friendly guided walk or take a healthy nature hike on your own any day in December. Follow walk and bike paths to Olbrich Gardens and along Starkweather Creek. Enjoy the outdoors and learn about trees when the leaves are off and you can see the branching structures and bark more easily Outings in … Read more

  • Sunday, December 18, 2022
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Warner Park

    The Longest Night with Robin Kling ~ The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and marks the return of longer days. Join Master Naturalist Robin Kling for a fun free family-friendly walk along the Warner Pond Lagoon and Warner Woods to the top of Sled Hill to enjoy the Shortest Day of the Year and Celebrate the Return of the Sun and longer days! How did ancient cultures celebrate the … Read more

  • Saturday, December 24, 2022
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Adventures | Edna Taylor

    Nature's Gifts with Paul Noeldner ~ Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner for a free fun family-friendly guided tour of the beautiful nature trails at Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Edna Taylor Conservation Park. What are some favorite things you like to see and do in nature? What are some gifts nature gives back to us?  Make a Pine Cone Feeder ornament for the birds and a winter native … Read more