Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
9
9:30am 9:30am

Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary

Have you held a monarch? Be apart of the extraordinary effort to track monarchs through their migration to Mexico! At this event, learn about monarch ecology, catch and tag a monarch, start to track its progress over time, and explore how to support monarchs in your yard. Adults and children welcome!

This event is open to Madison Audubon members only. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and there is a limit of 6 tickets per group. You can register for one of the two: morning (9:30-12:00) and afternoon (1:30-4:00). Monarch tagging registration fills up very quickly, so don't wait to sign up! Note that you must attend the session you register for. Other fine-print info is in the links below.

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 9 MORNING session (9:30am-12:00pm) <<

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 9 AFTERNOON session (1:30-4:00 pm) <<

Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarch butterflies face great challenges as they migrate between as far north as Canada to Mexico each year, and you can help biologists study their travels and travails by tagging individual butterflies en route to their winter grounds. The tiny, numbered tags placed on monarchs during this event are tracked through the Monarch Watch program. A number of our tagged monarchs have been found in Mexico! Join the effort, and help biologists study these incredible insects.

A July 28 butterfly count at Goose Pond found 344 monarchs mating and laying eggs for the generation of adults that volunteers will tag during this event. The foundation has been laid for a great event!

Banner photo by Michael Anderson

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Party on the Prairie: Faville Grove's 20th Birthday!
Sep
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Party on the Prairie: Faville Grove's 20th Birthday!

Faville Grove Sanctuary turns 20 years old this summer! To honor the dedication of the sanctuary's resident managers, land stewards, volunteers, and supporters, please join us for a Party on the Prairie! Guided hikes through the restorations, pictures and throwbacks from the last two decades, food, drinks, and the Prairie Bayou Cajun Band are all on the agenda.

Join us at the party! Please RSVP below by September 6 to help us plan for food and drinks.

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Banner photo by Emily Meier

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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
16
9:30am 9:30am

Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary

Have you held a monarch? Be apart of the extraordinary effort to track monarchs through their migration to Mexico! At this event, learn about monarch ecology, catch and tag a monarch, start to track its progress over time, and explore how to support monarchs in your yard. Adults and children welcome!

This event is open to Madison Audubon members only. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and there is a limit of 6 tickets per group. You can register for one of the two: morning (9:30-12:00) and afternoon (1:30-4:00). Monarch tagging registration fills up very quickly, so don't wait to sign up! Note that you must attend the session you register for. Other fine-print info is in the links below.

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 16 MORNING session (9:30am-12:00pm) <<

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 16 AFTERNOON session (1:30-4:00pm) <<

 

Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarch butterflies face great challenges as they migrate between as far north as Canada to Mexico each year, and you can help biologists study their travels and travails by tagging individual butterflies en route to their winter grounds. The tiny, numbered tags placed on monarchs during this event are tracked through the Monarch Watch program. A number of our tagged monarchs have been found in Mexico! Join the effort, and help biologists study these incredible insects.

A July 28 butterfly count at Goose Pond found 344 monarchs mating and laying eggs for the generation of adults that volunteers will tag during this event. The foundation has been laid for a great event!

 

Banner photo by Michael Anderson

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Evenings with Audubon: Desperately Seeking: Purple Martins & Their Landlords
Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Evenings with Audubon: Desperately Seeking: Purple Martins & Their Landlords

Purple martins perched above a nest box at a home in Marquette County. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Purple martins perched above a nest box at a home in Marquette County. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Join us for September's Evenings With Audubon program, featuring Dick Nikolai, retired Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist and purple martin guru. Dick will focus on the ecology of beautiful purple martin species, outline their declines, and what folks are doing to support them -- including banding! Interested in attracting purple martins to your area of Wisconsin? Don't miss this presentation!

About the presenter

Dick Nikolai is a Wisconsin native, born in Colby (home of "colby cheese"), and now residing in Appleton. He received his Bachelor's of Science from UW Stevens Point and worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2014. He has won numerous awards for his conservation work, is one of the founding members of the Bluebird Restoration of Wisconsin effort, and a board member of the Wisconsin Purple Martin Association. He has studied purple martins in Wisconsin since 1985.

Photos by Arlene Koziol

 

Evenings with Audubon is the Madison Audubon Society's monthly meeting and program, typically held February-April and September-November each year. The meetings are brief (5-10 minutes), and the presentations are wonderful -- and all are open to the public and free of charge! Please join us!

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Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Birds, Bikes & Brews

Birds, Bikes, & Brews

Join us for the fourth annual Birds, Bikes & Brews event, which combines three things many of us love: feathered friends, pedal-tastic fun, and ice-cold beer. This event involves cruising around Lake Monona on your bike, stopping at the four birding stations on each side of the lake to see which species are nearby, and wrapping up with a beer, cocktail, glass of wine, or soda at Next Door Brewing. It's a fun, low-key, memorable way to mingle with the birding community in a whole new way!

Registration Info

Early registration is now open through September 21 for just $20! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Your registration fee includes bike entry into the event, birding fun, a pint glass, and one free bird-themed drink at Next Door Brewing Co. Event t-shirts are not included in the registration fee.

Day-of registration is also available at Next Door Brewing Co. on September 23 for $30. Come a bit early to get set up with your race kit, and join your friends and fellow birding/biking/brewing enthusiasts on a jaunt around the lake.

Event T-Shirt Info

Get your event t-shirt and relive the fun year-round! These super soft, comfy t-shirts are printed locally and come in Unisex and Women's cuts (note that women's cut tends to run a size small). New for 2017 is the Gray t-shirt, and 2016 colors Navy and Clay are also available.

Order by September 1 and get your shirt for $15! Or pick one up the day of the event for $20. Order your shirt when you register!

If you wear your Birds, Bikes, & Brews t-shirt the day of the event, you'll receive an extra raffle ticket - for free!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Evenings with Audubon: The Birds and Mammals of Boqueron Valley, a threatened wildlife corridor in Panama
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Evenings with Audubon: The Birds and Mammals of Boqueron Valley, a threatened wildlife corridor in Panama

October's Evenings with Audubon features a slightly different organism than what we're used to: the jaguar! Jaguars are a near-threatened species native to Central and South America, and rely on rainforest habitat for food and shelter. We'll learn about the various birds and mammals that share this ecosystem with the jaguar, including tapirs, peccaries, sloths, monkeys, toucans, eagles, and ospreys, as well as the threats to their habitat in Panama -- specifically, a critically important area in the Boqueron district.

The land in question is located in the Boqueron Valley, a threatened wildlife corridor in northern Panama. The land faces threats from farmers clearing the rainforest for agriculture and poachers trying to earn a living from harvesting the local wildlife. If the land is not protected, the threatened area will gradually extend further into the valley until it meets the cleared area north of the forest. That would mean a corridor of destroyed rainforest extending from the Pacific to the Atlantic and it would cut in half one of the jaguar’s last habitats! 

Alvaro Perez Cardenas, co-founder of Greenrainforest, a Panamanian non-profit focused on protecting critical wildlife habitat in Panama, will share what his organization is doing to protect the jaguars and larger rainforest ecosystem in this area.

 

About the Presenter

Alvaro Perez Cardenas is a Panamanian nature guide, explorer and the co-founder of Greenrainforest, an organization dedicated to preserving the Boqueron Valley, the last remaining link between the rainforests of eastern Panama and those of the west.  He will talk about the natural history of Panama and conservation strategies for saving Boqueron.  He will be joined through Skype by Ricardo Moreno. Ricardo is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who is renowned for his jaguar research.

 

Cover photo by Rachel, Flickr Creative Commons

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Nov
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Evenings with Audubon: Cat Wars: The devastating consequences of cuddly killer

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Pete Marra, an ornithologist and conservation biologist will talk about his new book Cat Wars that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It will chart the developments that have led to our present impasse -- from breakthrough studies on cat predation to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It will describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change.

Cat Wars paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem-- and proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.

A book sale and signing will be available after the presentation.

INFORMATION ON PARKING HERE.

Co-hosted by the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

About the Presenter

Pete Marra earned his B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1998. He is the Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and has authored over 190 peer-reviewed papers published in journals such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Conservation Biology. He co-edited the frequently cited book - Birds of Two Worlds. Pete’s second book is entitled - Cat Wars: The devastating consequences of cuddly killer. Pete started Neighborhood Nestwatch and The Migratory Connectivity Project and is co-founder of Tree House Concerts. He is an avid fisherman, passionate cook and father of two.

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Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Jun
11
8:00am 8:00am

Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary

THIS EVENT IS FOR MADISON AUDUBON MEMBERS ONLY.

Experience the incredible beauty and power of an American kestrel close up! With Madison Audubon Society and the Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research project, you will get to learn about our kestrel nest box project and how and why biologists band kestrel chicks, and even get to hold a young kestrel falcon. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will not forget!

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Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Jun
7
8:00am 8:00am

Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary

THIS EVENT IS FOR MADISON AUDUBON MEMBERS ONLY.

Experience the incredible beauty and power of an American kestrel close up! With Madison Audubon Society and the Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research project, you will get to learn about our kestrel nest box project and how and why biologists band kestrel chicks, and even get to hold a young kestrel falcon. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will not forget!

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Bluebird Surveys with Climate Watch
Jun
1
to Jun 15

Bluebird Surveys with Climate Watch

Join bird nerds and citizen scientists from around the country who are helping scientists study how climate change is impacting bird habitat through Climate Watch! Madison Audubon volunteers can help track climate change by conducting bluebird surveys between June 1-15, 2017.

And the best part? You get to spend the morning outside and looking at birds!

Joining is easy!

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Evenings with Audubon: Birds of Cuba
May
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Evenings with Audubon: Birds of Cuba

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Ernesto Reyes is an accomplished Cuban naturalist and wildlife photographer.  As a talented biologist, he has used his birding skills to help develop Cuba’s progressive system of Important Bird Areas. Ernesto has participated in surveys looking for the legendary Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the rare Zapata Rail. His exceptional ornithological knowledge has made him one of Cuba’s most popular birding guides. Ernesto will share his knowledge of Cuban bird life accompanied by his award-winning photographs and current perspectives on life in Cuba. 

Want to spend a morning birding with Ernesto? Join us on a special field trip the following morning to Faville Grove, where we'll chat with Ernesto and explore the diversity of the sanctuary! Wednesday, May 31, 7:00 AM at Faville Grove Sanctuary.

Contact Information:

Ernesto Reyes, Cuban Birding Tours and Nature Photography

ernesto2.reyes@nauta.cu | zapatarail2014@gmail.com

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MAS Discussion & Listening Session
Apr
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

MAS Discussion & Listening Session

We want your help - more specifically, your IDEAS. If you’re anxiously wondering about the fate of our environment, you’re not alone. The end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 have brought a lot of changes that may have significant impacts on the quality and amount of native and natural habitat in Wisconsin and beyond, not to mention environmental education for students across levels and demographics.

Learn more!

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

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

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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!

Learn more!

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

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)

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)...

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

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

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.

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

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

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.
 

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

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)

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