Evenings with Audubon: Ecology and Conservation of Wisconsin's Reptiles and Amphibians
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Ecology and Conservation of Wisconsin's Reptiles and Amphibians

Wisconsin is home to over 55 species of reptiles and amphibians, and greater than half are species of greatest conservation need. Come learn about the fascinating life histories of these animals, their importance to healthy ecosystems, the threats they face, and what you can do to help them.

Free and open to the public! Location TBD.

 

 

About Jeff Lorch

Jeff is a Microbiologist at the US Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. He earned a PhD in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology and two B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Bacteriology, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He specializes in microbiology, emerging infectious diseases, fungal taxonomy and herpetology. He studies everything from snakes to bats, soil to amphibians.

 

Cover photo by Dave Huth, Flickr Creative Commons


Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)
Feb
15
7:00 am07:00

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)

  • The Field Museum

THIS FIELD TRIP IS SOLD OUT. CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST!

>> Sign up for the waiting list here! <<

Experience birds and explore the Chicago Field Museum like never before!  On February 15, join us for an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the museum specifically for Madison Audubon, which includes the following special presentations and opportunities (click the header to learn more)...

Evenings with Audubon: Monarch Butterflies: Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect
Oct
18
7:00 pm19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Monarch Butterflies: Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect

  • UW Arboretum Visitors Center

An Evenings with Audubon presentation by nationally-renown monarch expert Karen Oberhauser

Monarch butterflies populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large year to year fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation, and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Monarchs are negatively impacted by many human activities, and various scientists and monarch advocates have implicated habitat degradation and loss, pesticide use, climate change, vehicular collisions, invasive species, and pathogen spread in their dwindling numbers.

Birds, Bikes, & Brews
Oct
1
2:00 pm14:00

Birds, Bikes, & Brews

Join us for our annual Birds, Bikes, & Brews event - a casual day of birding, biking, and enjoying local craft beer! Proceeds benefit Madison Audubon's conservation and education programs in south-central Wisconsin.

Evenings with Audubon: Wisconsin's Prairie Remnants, Then and Now
Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Wisconsin's Prairie Remnants, Then and Now

  • Capitol Lakes Grand Hall

With Amy Alstad, UW-Madison Department of Zoology

In the 1940s and 1950s, UW Botany Professor John Curtis surveyed hundreds of prairie remnants across Wisconsin. Since then, these prairie remnants have been resurveyed in 1987-1988 and again in 2012-2013. This talk will summarize the changes observed in the prairie flora over more than 60 years, present probable causes of that change, and discuss management implications.
 

Behind the Scenes at Chicago's Field Museum: The Art & Science of Birds
Dec
21
7:30 pm19:30

Behind the Scenes at Chicago's Field Museum: The Art & Science of Birds

ACT NOW! LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! 

We expect that this trip will book quickly. Reservations will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and a waitlist will be established on a first-come, first-served basis - if you visit this page and tickets are sold out, please email Emily Meier to be placed on our waitlist atemily.meier@madisonaudubon.org. Thank you!
 

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - experience birds and explore the Chicago Field Museum like never before!  On January 20, join us for an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the museum specifically for Madison Audubon, which includes the following special presentations and opportunities:

  • Guided tour of the Museum's extensive ornithology collection
  • Conservation & Art: a presentation and studio tour by Peggy Macnamara, the Field Museum's artist-in-residence (and artist of the above painting)
  • My 35 years as a Naturalist: a presentation by Emeritus Collections Manager Dave Willard
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the bird collections: learn about the more than 500,000 museum specimens and get a hands-on look at bird study skins, eggs, and more.
  • Tour the Bird Lab and meet the Museum scientists and volunteers, and explore fascinating experiments-in-progress, including flesh eating beetle studies!

In addition to these amazing tours that are not offered to the general public, participants will have the afternoon to explore the rest of the museum with an All-Access Pass. This pass includes admission into all of the permanent and premium exhibits at the museum, as well as entry to one 3-D theater movie.

Transportation to and from the Field Museum will be provided by Madison Audubon Society and is included in the cost of the trip. A bus will depart the Dutch Mill Park & Ride at 7 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, January 20. 

Cost covers transportation, behind-the-scenes tour (NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC), exclusive presentations by museum staff, a museum All-Access Pass (normally $31 per person), and a small donation to the Bird Lab at the Field Museum.


*Participants are responsible for the cost of their own food for the day (there are restaurants on-site or you may bring your own food)