Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh

  • Cherokee Marsh, North Unit

We will observe a variety of butterflies as they take nectar from wildflowers, and learn about their identification, behavior, and lifestyle.

Bring binoculars if you have them –close-focusing ones work best; we will have a few extras available. Long pants and a hat are recommended.

This trip is co-sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Led by: Karl and Dorothy Legler and Jan Axelson

Evening at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie
Jul
5
6:30 pm18:30

Evening at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie

  • Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie

Join us for a summertime trip to this high-quality prairie remnant. A spectacular display of butterfly milkweed, leadplant, and coreopsis should be at its peak on this summer evening.

Park on the right (north) side of Fesenfeld Road. This site is a State Natural Area owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts.

This trip is co-sponsored by The Prairie Enthusiasts.

Led by: Kathie and Tom Brock

Swift Night Out
Sep
1
6:30 pm18:30

Swift Night Out

  • Cherokee Heights Middle School

Rain Date: Sept. 2

Hundreds of chimney swifts have been using the brick chimney at Cherokee Heights Middle School for their nightly roost. "A Swift Night Out" is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about chimney swifts and their need for roosting habitat. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars to observe and count swifts as they gather at communal roosts before fall migration to South America.

Swifts have been known to change their preference for chimneys, so please check the website for location changes.

Led by: Sandy Schwab

Pleasant Valley Conservancy Annual Labor Day Trip
Sep
4
1:00 pm13:00

Pleasant Valley Conservancy Annual Labor Day Trip

  • Pleasant Valley Conservancy

Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area is a 140 acre natural area in western Dane County near the town of Vermont. The property contains prairie remnants, wetlands, and extensive oak savannas and has been under intensive management for the past 20 years.

Hiking will be partly across steep bluffs, and long pants with sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. At the end of the three-hour trip, light refreshments will be served at the small cabin on site.

Park on Pleasant Valley Road fire number 4609 along the south side of the driveway.

Led by: Tom and Kathie Brock

Birding at Zeloski Marsh
Sep
10
9:00 am09:00

Birding at Zeloski Marsh

  • Zeloski Marsh, Lake Mills Wildlife Area

Zeloski Marsh in western Jefferson County has become a major stopover for shorebirds and is also frequented by waterfowl and wading birds. This tour during fall migration includes about 1.5 miles of walking to get good views of these birds.

Meet at the DNR parking lot at W9054 London Road. Bring binoculars and spotting scope if you have them. Wear good walking shoes! A snack and water bottle are recommended.

Led by: Brad Webb

Fall Prairies at Faville Grove
Sep
17
9:00 am09:00

Fall Prairies at Faville Grove

  • Faville Grove Sanctuary

The prairie can be just as beautiful as the iconic northern forest in fall.  On this trip you will immerse yourself in the textures, colors, sounds, and smells of fall at Faville Grove. We will tour the Prairie Lane restorations and take note of the fall colors, late blooming wildflowers (such as gentians, asters, and goldenrods), talk about the role of seed collecting in our restorations, and more!

Meet at the sanctuary parking area next to the kiosk on Prairie Lane.

Led by: Drew Harry, David Musolf, and Roger Packard

Beyond Backyard Birding
Oct
7
8:30 am08:30

Beyond Backyard Birding

  • Pheasant Branch Nature Conservancy

This morning trip is especially for backyard birders looking to grow their skills! Come to have your bird questions answered and get help identifying all of those small streaky brown birds, as we visit both prairie and woodland habitat. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars for loan.

*This trip is limited to 20 people - registration is required! Please contact Carolyn to reserve your spot.

Led by: Carolyn and BJ Byers

Natural History & Ecology at Leopold's Shack
Oct
14
10:00 am10:00

Natural History & Ecology at Leopold's Shack

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation & The Shack

Come visit the green-built Aldo Leopold Foundation building, as well as Leopold’s Shack, made famous in his book The Sand County Almanac. We will have a guided tour with Leopold Foundation staff and will be looking for early fall colors, late-blooming plants, and listening for birds along the way.

Bring your binoculars, clothing appropriate for being outdoors and indoors, bug spray and sunscreen if you wish, and a bag lunch.

A $10 donation to the Aldo Leopold Foundation is required for this trip.

Led by: Levi Wood

Lake Michigan Birding
Nov
4
6:30 am06:30

Lake Michigan Birding

  • Lake Michigan Shoreline

Join us as we bird Lake Michigan and its shoreline during the migration of waterfowl through Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties. We will be scoping the lake for surf, black, and white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, harlequin duck, and red-throated loon. Rarities found on this trip over the years include pacific loon, western grebe, purple sandpiper, red phalarope, parasitic jaeger, Bohemian waxwing, Townsend’s warbler, prairie warbler, Nelson’s sparrow, and both crossbills.  

Dress for the weather and bring a scope if you have one. A high ratio of scopes to people will make this trip more enjoyable for everyone!

*We will return to Madison between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Led by: Peter Fissel

Birding Madison's Lakes
Dec
9
7:30 am07:30

Birding Madison's Lakes

  • Madison’s Lakes

As winter sets in, smaller ponds and lakes in south-central Wisconsin freeze, causing migrating birds to become concentrated on Madison’s large lakes, which remain open longer. We will look for waterfowl, gulls, and winter birds. This trip has produced some unusual sightings in the past, including red-throated loons, so don’t miss it!

We will carpool and leave at 7:30 a.m. from the middle of UW Parking Lot 60 at the north end of Walnut Street. Dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one!

Led by Quentin Yoerger

New Year's Sunrise at Faville Grove
Jan
1
6:55 am06:55

New Year's Sunrise at Faville Grove

  • Buddy’s Place at Faville Grove Sanctuary

There is simply no better way to start the New Year. We will enjoy the pre-dawn light as we meander through the prairie, arriving at the marsh overlook by 7:25 a.m. to see the sun rise over the Faville Grove Marsh. We will spend the early morning exploring the winter marsh and surrounding uplands.

If there is good snow and you have snowshoes, bring them along. Otherwise, sturdy boots for uneven terrain will do. 

Led by Drew Harry


Butterflies and Wildflowers  of Pleasant Valley
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Butterflies and Wildflowers of Pleasant Valley

  • Pleasant Valley Conservancy

Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful state natural area situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high quality marsh. This time of year we hope to see Baltimore checkerspots, wetland skippers, swallowtails, silvery checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All of these butterflies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on this time of year.

Long pants, a hat, water, hiking shoes, and close-focusing binoculars are recommended. If you would like, bring along a bag lunch for after the field trip; beverages and dessert will be provided!

Once on Pleasant Valley Road, drive past the buildings on the right to the state natural area sign; please park off the road near the sign.

This trip is co-sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and The Prairie Enthusiasts.

Led by: Douglas Buege and Tom and Kathie Brock

Grassland Birds Trip
Jun
11
8:30 am08:30

Grassland Birds Trip

  • Middleton Airport

We should see lots of grassland species here. Likely sightings include bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, savannah sparrows, sedge wrens, and dickcissels. Other possible species are eastern kingbirds, grasshopper sparrows, and willow flycatchers.

Meet at the Middleton Airport parking lot on Airport Rd., about ¼ mile west of the Beltline intersection in Middleton. There are no trails, so bring waterproof footwear if it has rained recently.

Led by: Curt Caslavka and Mike McDowell

Honey Creek State Natural Area
Jun
11
7:30 am07:30

Honey Creek State Natural Area

  • WSO Honey Creek Nature Preserve

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Harold & Carla Kruse Honey Creek State Natural Area has a diverse bird and an unusual plant community. Over 60 species of birds have been recorded here in a day. The habitat varies from stream bottom through wetland, plus hardwood, pine, and hemlock woodlands.

Be sure to wear waterproof footwear appropriate for a small stream crossing. Bring binoculars, field guides, and a snack. Dress for the weather and to protect yourself from mosquitoes!

If desired, meet at 6:45 a.m. to carpool from the Parmenter Street Park and Ride next in Middleton.

Led by: Levi Wood

Birding Devil's Lake
Jun
10
6:00 am06:00

Birding Devil's Lake

  • Devil’s Lake State Park

We’ll scour the southern half of Devil’s Lake State Park looking for a variety of species, including yellow-throated vireos, Acadian flycatchers, scarlet tanagers, blue-winged warblers, and possibly cerulean and worm-eating warblers! We will extend the trip to include Baxter’s Hollow if time permits.

A Wisconsin State Park sticker is required to park at Devil’s Lake. Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the Middleton Park & Ride to carpool, or meet at 6:45 a.m. in the parking area for the boat landing on the southwest shore of Devil’s Lake.

Led by: Chuck Heikkinen and Delia Unson

Exploring Faville Grove with Ernesto Reyes
May
31
7:00 am07:00

Exploring Faville Grove with Ernesto Reyes

  • Buddy's Place at Faville Grove Sanctuary

Join Ernesto Reyes, Evenings with Audubon speaker, Cuban bird photographer and naturalist, and sanctuary staff for a field trip at Faville Grove Sanctuary. This is a great opportunity to spend more time getting chummy with Ernesto while exploring the wonderful diversity of plants, birds, mammals, insects and other life at one of the area's premier natural areas. We'll keep a special eye out for birds that migrate to or through Faville Grove from Cuba and nearby areas.

Birding at Baxter’s Hollow
May
21
6:30 am06:30

Birding at Baxter’s Hollow

  • Carpool from the Copp’s grocery store parking lot at 6800 Century Avenue, Middleton

Baxter’s Hollow is one of the most scenic areas in the Baraboo Hills. We will search for breeding species like the winter wren, worm-eating, mourning, cerulean, and hooded warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, both cuckoos, and any migrants passing through.

The trip will depart from the Pick'n Save parking lot (6800 Century Avenue) in Middleton at 6:30 a.m.

Led by: Peter Fissel

Explore Faville Grove West
May
20
7:30 am07:30

Explore Faville Grove West

  • Buddy’s Place at Faville Grove Sanctuary

Buddy’s Prairie features restorations in various stages from a recent planting to a well-developed 20+ year old prairie. There are many habitat features as well: a shallow pond, open water marsh and tamarack bog complex, black oak savanna, and dry-mesic prairie. Join us for a walk as we discuss the site’s history, stages of restorations, bird and plant identification, and more!

Parking is located at Buddy’s old farmstead and along Highway 89.

Led by: Drew Harry and David Musolf

 

Turville Point Warbler Walk
May
11
6:00 am06:00

Turville Point Warbler Walk

  • Olin-Turville Court Madison, WI United States

Meet at the south parking lot for Olin-Turville Park (where Olin Ave. meets John Nolen Dr.) at 6:00 a.m.  The walk will last about two hours, and will go on unless there is heavy rain or lightning.  Got questions? contact Peter at 608-226-0260

Led by: Quentin Yoerger and Peter Fissel

Explore Erstad Prairie & Schoenberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area
May
10
9:30 am09:30

Explore Erstad Prairie & Schoenberg Marsh Waterfowl Production Area

  • Erstad Prairie Parking Lot

Explore the 780 acre prairie wetland complex that includes MAS's 60-acre Erstad Prairie and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 720-acre Waterfowl Production Area. We will tour the different habitats including prairies, wetlands, and savannas, and watch for wood ducks, ruddy ducks, red-necked grebes, American white pelicans, red-headed woodpeckers, marsh wrens, yellow-headed blackbirds, and eastern meadowlarks.

This walking tour follows an established path and boardwalk to a deck with benches overlooking the wetland. A permanent spotting scope located on the deck will aid us in our search for birds. Please bring a lunch if you'd like!

Directions:

GPS Location: 43°20'34.7"N 89°18'17.0"W

Drive North past the intersection of Priem Road and Harvey Road. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Erstad Prairie as indicated on the map below: 

 

This field trip is led by: Mark Martin, Sue Foote-Martin, and Maddie Dumas.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Martin at 608-333-9645.

 

UW Arboretum Warbler Walk
May
9
6:00 am06:00

UW Arboretum Warbler Walk

Come enjoy the sunrise from the Arboretum and listen to the morning chorus. We will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 6:00am.

Led by: Chuck Henrikson and Paul Senner

Warbler Walk at Elver Park
May
8
6:00 am06:00

Warbler Walk at Elver Park

  • Elver Park

Come look for warblers at Elver park, the largest community park in Madison. Elver park spans 250 acres of woodland and grassland in the southwest corner of Madison, just off of McKenna Boulevard. Meet at 6 am on Monday, May 8th in the westernmost parking lot next to softball diamond 1. Expect to see a wide variety of warblers and other migrants, including vireos, thrushes and flycatchers.

Evening at Nine Springs
May
5
6:30 pm18:30

Evening at Nine Springs

  • Nine Springs E-Way

With marsh and pond habitats and frequently good mud flats, this is an interesting and overlooked birding spot to search for shorebirds, herons, cranes, terns, swallows, and waterfowl.

Meet at the E-Way parking lot along the Capital City Bike Trail on Moorland Road. Bring a scope if you have one! This trip is co-sponsored by Friends of Capitol Springs Recreation Area.

Led by: Peter Fissel and Dan Doeppers

 

Turville Point Warbler Walk
May
4
6:00 am06:00

Turville Point Warbler Walk

  • Olin-Turville Court Madison, WI United States

Meet at the south parking lot for Olin-Turville Park (where Olin Ave. meets John Nolen Dr.) at 6:00 a.m.  The walk will last about two hours, and will go on unless there is heavy rain or lightning.  

For any concerns or questions, please contact Peter Fissel at 608-226-0260 or peter.fissel@wisc.edu

Led by: Quentin Yoerger and Peter Fissel

Warbler Walk (Friends of Cherokee Marsh)
May
3
6:00 am06:00

Warbler Walk (Friends of Cherokee Marsh)

  • Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave

Join us for an early morning walk to look for colorful warblers and other spring migrants. 

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.

UW Arboretum Warbler Walk
May
2
6:00 am06:00

UW Arboretum Warbler Walk

  • Arboretum Visitor Center

Come enjoy the sunrise from the Arboretum and listen to the morning chorus. We will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 6:00am.

Led by: Chuck Henrikson and Paul Senner

Cancelled: Birding at Wyalusing State Park
Apr
30
5:00 am05:00

Cancelled: Birding at Wyalusing State Park

  • Wyalusing State Park

Due to heavy rain, we will be cancelling the birding trip to Wyalusing. It's unfortunate but we hope everyone stays warm and dry this weekend. Thank you for your patience and hope to see you at our next field trip. 

Spring Birds and Wildflowers of  the Baraboo Hills
Apr
29
8:00 am08:00

Spring Birds and Wildflowers of the Baraboo Hills

  • Hemlock Draw

Come check out what’s happening on a spring day at Hemlock Draw, especially the display of spring wildflowers, which include some of the special northern species that thrive in these hemlock groves of the Baraboo Hills.  

The Louisiana Waterthrushes will be back, singing their long ringing melodies along the creek, phoebes should be nest-building on the shaded sandstone cliffs, and with luck we’ll find migrant birds in force. We’ll stop at the ancient quartzite sea-stacks and see how nature continues to heal the scars left by former human activities and more recent storm events.

Only part of trip will be on trails. Bring water, lunch, and appropriate footwear for rugged terrain. We’ll meet at the Mossman home and carpool.

Led by: Mike Mossman

 

Beyond Backyard Birding
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Beyond Backyard Birding

  • Picnic Point

These evening trips are especially for backyard birders looking to grow their skills! Come to have your bird questions answered and get help identifying all of those small streaky brown birds, as we visit both prairie and woodland habitat. We may even hear some owls as dusk falls. Meet in Lot 129 at the base of Picnic Point. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars for loan.

*This trip is limited to 20 people - registration is required! Please contact Carolyn to reserve your spot.

Led by: Carolyn and BJ Byers

Beyond Backyard Birding
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Beyond Backyard Birding

  • Picnic Point

These evening trips are especially for backyard birders looking to grow their skills! Come to have your bird questions answered and get help identifying all of those small streaky brown birds, as we visit both prairie and woodland habitat. We may even hear some owls as dusk falls. Meet in Lot 129 at the base of Picnic Point. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars for loan.

*This trip is limited to 20 people - registration is required! Please contact Carolyn to reserve your spot.

Led by: Carolyn and BJ Byers

Evening at Cherokee Marsh
Apr
14
6:30 pm18:30

Evening at Cherokee Marsh

  • Cherokee Marsh, North Unit

Join us for an evening at Cherokee Marsh! We are likely to see cranes, observe the courtship flight of woodcock and snipe, and see several spring migrants. Waterproof footwear is recommended. This trip is co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Led by: Levi Wood and Peter Fissel

Woodcock & Snipe Spring Walk
Apr
6
6:30 pm18:30

Woodcock & Snipe Spring Walk

  • Faville Grove Sanctuary

Meet at the kiosk along Prairie Lane for an evening spent enjoying delightful spring displays of woodcock and snipe. Be prepared to be dazzled by the woodcock’s flight, and to learn about the natural history of one of Aldo Leopold’s favorite birds. Binoculars are recommended.

Led by: Drew Harry, David Musolf, and Roger Packard

Evening Owl Prowl
Mar
11
6:30 pm18:30

Evening Owl Prowl

  • Picnic Point

*We're sorry, this Owl Prowl is full!*

We're offering a second owl prowl for those who just can't get enough of owls. Enjoy the nighttime woods on this evening Owl Prowl at Picnic Point. Meet at Lot 129 at the entrance to Picnic Point, and bring a headlamp or flashlight if you like. We will begin birding as dusk falls, and continue our Owl Prowl until 9:00 p.m. Great Horned and Barred Owl are regularly seen in this area, and we may get lucky and find Screech Owl as well! We will have binoculars for loan.

Led by: Carolyn and BJ Byers

Evening Owl Prowl
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

Evening Owl Prowl

  • Picnic Point

*We're sorry, this Owl Prowl is full!*

Enjoy the nighttime woods on this evening Owl Prowl at Picnic Point. Meet at Lot 129 at the entrance to Picnic Point, and bring a headlamp or flashlight if you like. We will begin birding as dusk falls, and continue our Owl Prowl until 9:00 p.m. Great Horned and Barred Owl are regularly seen in this area, and we may get lucky and find Screech Owl as well! We will have binoculars for loan.

Led by: Carolyn and BJ Byers

 

Early Spring Migrants at Lower Mud Lake
Mar
4
7:00 am07:00

Early Spring Migrants at Lower Mud Lake

  • Mud Lake

Lower Mud Lake is open and attracting good concentrations of spring migrating waterfowl. Join us for a free field trip to see which species are passing through on their way back north!

Meet at the south end of Lewis Lane in McFarland. Bring a scope if you have one!

Led by: Steve Thiessen

 

Explore our Winter World
Feb
25
9:00 am09:00

Explore our Winter World

  • UW Arboretum (meet at the Visitor’s Center)

Come enjoy our beautiful winter world and look for signs of animals that are active. Learn to identify the tracks of common Wisconsin animals including white tailed deer, coyote, fox, squirrel, rabbit, and turkey. Also learn to identify woodpecker holes and other bird signs. We will meet in the parking lot in front of the arboretum visitor center. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars that you may borrow during this trip.

*This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Carolyn to reserve your spot.

Led by: Carolyn and BJ Byers

Mid-winter Snowshoe at Faville Grove
Feb
11
9:00 am09:00

Mid-winter Snowshoe at Faville Grove

  • N7710 Wisconsin 89 Waterloo, WI, 53594 United States

Bring your snowshoes and join us for an excursion through the recessional glacial terrain at Faville Grove Sanctuary. We will explore a diversity of habitats including woodland, savanna, prairie, and wetland as we search for animal tracks and enjoy the landscape. In the event that there is insufficient snow cover for snowshoes, come prepared for an interesting hike.

Led by: Drew Harry, David Musolf, and Roger Packard