Orchid Count at Faville Grove Sanctuary
Jul
6
9:00 am09:00

Orchid Count at Faville Grove Sanctuary

  • Faville Grove Sanctuary
Eastern prairie white fringed orchid, photo by Brenna Marsicek

Eastern prairie white fringed orchid, photo by Brenna Marsicek

The eastern prairie white fringed orchid, a Wisconsin Endangered and Federal Threatened plant, is a spectacularly beautiful flower that calls Faville Grove Sanctuary home. And it's now in bloom! Get up close and personal, and learn more about this lovely species at the orchid count on July 6. We're looking for volunteers to help count the number of flowering orchids in our prairies.

Due to the sensitivity of the species, the participation limit is 10 individuals. RSVP to the Madison Audubon office (608-255-2473) to claim your spot. You'll receive further details when you have registered.

Wild Parsnip Attack Party @ Goose Pond
Jun
23
8:00 am08:00

Wild Parsnip Attack Party @ Goose Pond

Please come help us dig parsnips in Wood Family Prairie and UW-Farms Agricultural Prairie Remnant this Friday, June 23rd!  Come anytime after 8:00 am, and stay as long as you like until the end of our work day at 4:30.  We will take a lunch break at noon, feel free to bring your own and join us!  Our prairie partners interns and regular Goose Pond staff will all be working together to get this extremely abundant, aggressive invasive under control at these two sites.  We need a lot of hands to get this plant under control!

If you are able to come, please contact Maddie (mdumas@madisonaudubon.org or 612-227-7671).  If you have your own shovel, please bring it.  Required clothing are long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and gloves.  Also recommended are hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.  Remember that wild parsnip can cause rashes and burns when it touches bare skin that is then exposed to the sun's UV rays!

We hope to see you out here, thanks for your support of Goose Pond Sanctuary.

Evening Atlasing in Columbia County for Whip-poor-wills
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Evening Atlasing in Columbia County for Whip-poor-wills

  • Goose Pond Sanctuary

The plan is to search for calling whip-poor-wills.   Volunteers will split into teams and search from roads.   We will have a planned route for each team.  If you are not experienced with the call of the whip-poor-will you will be paired up with others who can identify their call.  We may even hear some owls.  We will be searching a number of atlas blocks and can use 12 volunteers.

NOTE:  We need a clear night with the moon more than half full to conduct this count.  We will cancel the count if conditions are not ideal.

Contact Mark and Sue Martin at goosep@madisonaudubon .org or call Mark at 608-333-9645 or Maddie Dumas at 612-227-7671.

Evening Atlasing in Columbia County for Whip-poor-wills
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

Evening Atlasing in Columbia County for Whip-poor-wills

  • Goose Pond Sanctuary

The plan is to search for whip-poor-wills.  Volunteers will split into teams and search from roads.   We will have a planned route for each team.  If you are not experienced with the call of the whip-poor-will you will be paired up with others who can identify their call.  We may even hear some owls.  We will be searching a number of atlas blocks and can use 12 volunteers.

NOTE:  We need a clear night with the moon more than half full to conduct this count.  We will cancel the count if conditions are not ideal.

Contact Mark and Sue Martin at goosep@madisonaudubon .org or call Mark at 608-333-9645 or Maddie Dumas at 612-227-7671.

Lincoln Elementary Birdathon
Jun
2
12:45 pm12:45

Lincoln Elementary Birdathon

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017

Location: 909 Sequoia Trail, Madison WI

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Number of volunteers needed: 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon

Come join us for a day of birdy fun at Lincoln Elementary! This will be the fourth year that Madison Audubon provides a school-wide Birdathon for Lincoln students, and volunteers are a huge part of this event.  You’ll be working with kids in kindergarten through grade 5.

MAS will provide several outdoor lessons that classes can sign up for, including bird walks with binoculars, fur & skull exploration, and games like habitat scramble, migration obstacle course, and bird beak buffet. We need volunteers to independently teach one lesson several times throughout the day.  MAS will provide all of the training you need- just bring your enthusiasm! Teachers will be joining children at lessons to manage the class and keep kids engaged.

We’re hoping for about 6 volunteers for the morning (8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and 6 for the afternoon (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) You can choose which lesson you would like to teach!

** MAS can provide some transportation between campus and the event location**

Contact Carolyn Byers, MAS Director of Education at Carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or call 608-255-2473 for more information.

Lincoln Elementary Birdathon
Jun
2
8:45 am08:45

Lincoln Elementary Birdathon

Date: Friday, June 2, 2017

Location: 909 Sequoia Trail, Madison WI

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Number of volunteers needed: 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon

Come join us for a day of birdy fun at Lincoln Elementary! This will be the fourth year that Madison Audubon provides a school-wide Birdathon for Lincoln students, and volunteers are a huge part of this event.  You’ll be working with kids in kindergarten through grade 5.

MAS will provide several outdoor lessons that classes can sign up for, including bird walks with binoculars, fur & skull exploration, and games like habitat scramble, migration obstacle course, and bird beak buffet. We need volunteers to independently teach one lesson several times throughout the day.  MAS will provide all of the training you need- just bring your enthusiasm! Teachers will be joining children at lessons to manage the class and keep kids engaged.

We’re hoping for about 6 volunteers for the morning (8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and 6 for the afternoon (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) You can choose which lesson you would like to teach!

** MAS can provide some transportation between campus and the event location**

Contact Carolyn Byers, MAS Director of Education at Carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or call 608-255-2473 for more information.

Evening Atlasing in Columbia County for Horned Larks, American Woodcocks, and Wilson’s Snipe
May
13
6:30 pm18:30

Evening Atlasing in Columbia County for Horned Larks, American Woodcocks, and Wilson’s Snipe

  • Goose Pond Sanctuary

We will search for horned larks until sunset and then for American woodcock and Wilson’s snipe until 9:30 p.m.  Volunteers will split into teams and search from roads.  We will have a planned route for each team.  If you are not experienced with the three species you will be pared up with others who know all species.  We may even hear some owls. 

We will be searching a number of atlas blocks and can use a good number of volunteers.

Contact Mark and Sue Martin at goosep@madisonaudubon .org or call Mark at 608-333-9645.

Elementary Environmental Summit
May
10
1:00 pm13:00

Elementary Environmental Summit

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Location: Verona School Forest: 1577 Fritz Rd., Verona

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Number of volunteers needed: about 10 for each time window

A coalition of elementary schools have been participating in Outdoor Lessons all year! This event is a celebration of all that they have achieved: they’ll spend the entire day outside sharing what they’ve learned all year, and continuing to grow in nature. Lincoln Elementary, Muir Elementary, and Wingra School will all have one grade represented- about 200 kids total!

From 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. volunteers will work with groups of about 10 kids and their chaperones to complete a nature scavenger hunt! Help kids see the world in a different way as you lead them along wooded trails. No special nature expertise needed. 

From 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. students will get to join a group of about 10 kids and their chaperones in the activity of their choosing. . .which also means our volunteers get to choose the lesson they would like to lead! Love birds? Take a group on a bird walk! Think fungi are fantastic? Lead a fungi hunt! Want to pass your survival skills on to the next generation? Now’s your chance! You’re welcome to use MAS educational supplies and lesson kits for your activity.

For this event, we will need a total of about 10 volunteers for each time window.

Contact Carolyn Byers, MAS Director of Education at Carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or call 608-255-2473 for more information.

** MAS can help coordinate transportation between campus and the event location**

Elementary Environmental Summit
May
10
9:30 am09:30

Elementary Environmental Summit

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Location: Verona School Forest: 1577 Fritz Rd., Verona

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Number of volunteers needed: about 10 for each time window

A coalition of elementary schools have been participating in Outdoor Lessons all year! This event is a celebration of all that they have achieved: they’ll spend the entire day outside sharing what they’ve learned all year, and continuing to grow in nature. Lincoln Elementary, Muir Elementary, and Wingra School will all have one grade represented- about 200 kids total!

From 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. volunteers will work with groups of about 10 kids and their chaperones to complete a nature scavenger hunt! Help kids see the world in a different way as you lead them along wooded trails. No special nature expertise needed. 

From 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. students will get to join a group of about 10 kids and their chaperones in the activity of their choosing. . .which also means our volunteers get to choose the lesson they would like to lead! Love birds? Take a group on a bird walk! Think fungi are fantastic? Lead a fungi hunt! Want to pass your survival skills on to the next generation? Now’s your chance! You’re welcome to use MAS educational supplies and lesson kits for your activity.

For this event, we will need a total of about 10 volunteers for each time window.

Contact Carolyn Byers, MAS Director of Education at Carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or call 608-255-2473 for more information.

** MAS can help coordinate transportation between campus and the event location**

Waterfowl and Marsh Bird Atlasing in Columbia County
May
5
9:30 am09:30

Waterfowl and Marsh Bird Atlasing in Columbia County

  • Goose Pond Sanctuary

Water levels are the best they have been going into the third year of the Breeding Bird Atlas project.  The plan is to search for breeding waterfowl (such as blue and green-winged teal, gadwalls, and northern shovelers), and marsh birds (American coots, pied-billed grebes, etc.).  Volunteers will split into teams and search from roads or by walking into a few sites.  We will have a planned route for each team. If you are not experienced with all waterfowl species you will be pared up with others that know their waterfowl.  Field glasses are required and spotting scopes are helpful to use if you have them. 

We will be concentrating on 18 priority atlas blocks in Columbia County and we can use many volunteers.

We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  If you can only make half of the day please let us know.  We will let those in the afternoon know where to meet.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, or 9:30 a.m. to noon, or 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contact Mark and Sue Martin at goosep@madisonaudubon .org or call Mark at 608-333-9645 or Maddie Dumas at 612-227-7671.

Field trip with LaFollette High School AP English Class
May
4
12:30 pm12:30

Field trip with LaFollette High School AP English Class

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Location: TBD, but it will be a local Madison park like the Arboretum or Cherokee Marsh

Time: Approximately 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (exact time TBD)

Number of volunteers needed: 4

Come join us for a day of relaxation and exploration at a local Madison park. Approximately 40 – 70 high school students will be retreating into nature with us to recover from their exhausting advanced placement exam schedule. This will be the second year we’re doing this trip, and it was a huge success last year!

Volunteers will lead groups of about 15 students on a nature relaxation activity. Each activity will last about a half hour, and you will repeat it about three times during the trip. Last year, activities included a bird walk with binoculars, a quiet solo-sit and reflect in a prairie, and a silent hike through the woods. Last year’s students were shocked at the difference a few hours spent in nature can make: many had not realized how very stressed they were until they relaxed in the woods.

We’re hoping to find 4 volunteers for this event. We can provide all of the training you would need to teach your lessons, and you can choose which lesson you would teach!

Contact Carolyn Byers, MAS Director of Education at Carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or call 608-255-2473 for more information.

** MAS can provide some transportation between campus and the event location**

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove
Feb
25
9:00 am09:00

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove

Winter may give the impression of rest on the prairie, but we continue our hard work to restore and maintain the prairie landscape at Faville Grove! Join us for brush cutting parties each Wednesday in February as well as February 18 and 25 (Saturdays) as we hack away at buckthorn, boxelder, and other invasive shrubs that encroach on the prairie.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409 to find where the group will meet each week.

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove
Feb
22
9:00 am09:00

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove

Winter may give the impression of rest on the prairie, but we continue our hard work to restore and maintain the prairie landscape at Faville Grove! Join us for brush cutting parties each Wednesday in February as well as February 18 and 25 (Saturdays) as we hack away at buckthorn, boxelder, and other invasive shrubs that encroach on the prairie.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409 to find where the group will meet each week.

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove
Feb
18
9:00 am09:00

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove

Winter may give the impression of rest on the prairie, but we continue our hard work to restore and maintain the prairie landscape at Faville Grove! Join us for brush cutting parties each Wednesday in February as well as February 18 and 25 (Saturdays) as we hack away at buckthorn, boxelder, and other invasive shrubs that encroach on the prairie.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409 to find where the group will meet each week.

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove
Feb
15
9:00 am09:00

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove

Winter may give the impression of rest on the prairie, but we continue our hard work to restore and maintain the prairie landscape at Faville Grove! Join us for brush cutting parties each Wednesday in February as well as February 18 and 25 (Saturdays) as we hack away at buckthorn, boxelder, and other invasive shrubs that encroach on the prairie.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409 to find where the group will meet each week.

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove
Feb
8
9:00 am09:00

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove

Winter may give the impression of rest on the prairie, but we continue our hard work to restore and maintain the prairie landscape at Faville Grove! Join us for brush cutting parties each Wednesday in February as well as February 18 and 25 (Saturdays) as we hack away at buckthorn, boxelder, and other invasive shrubs that encroach on the prairie.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409 to find where the group will meet each week.

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove
Feb
1
9:00 am09:00

Brush Cutting Party at Faville Grove

Winter may give the impression of rest on the prairie, but we continue our hard work to restore and maintain the prairie landscape at Faville Grove! Join us for brush cutting parties each Wednesday in February as well as February 18 and 25 (Saturdays) as we hack away at buckthorn, boxelder, and other invasive shrubs that encroach on the prairie.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409 to find where the group will meet each week.

Seed collecting at Faville Grove
Oct
29
1:30 pm13:30

Seed collecting at Faville Grove

  • Faville Grove Sanctuary

Madison Audubon Society has some of the largest restored prairies in Wisconsin. Our Faville Grove Sanctuary, located near Lake Mills, is a major part of Madison Audubon's restoration efforts...but our restoration work is only possible with the help of volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help collect prairie seed. Native seed collection saves the genetics of plants that thrive in our local ecosystem, and are then used to restore other areas.

No experience is needed, and families are welcome! Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Volunteers will meet at the kiosk on Prairie Lane off of Highway G.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at (262) 210-6409 or email him at faville@madisonaudubon.org

Harry Potter Festival - Owl Post Volunteers
Oct
22
9:00 am09:00

Harry Potter Festival - Owl Post Volunteers

  • Edgerton

Calling Harry Potter fans! Join Madison Audubon on Oct. 22 at the Harry Potter Festival by helping run the Owl Post!  Volunteers will get 2 hour timeslots, and receive a cloak to borrow and a wand to keep.  Learn more!

Seed collecting at Faville Grove
Oct
15
1:30 pm13:30

Seed collecting at Faville Grove

  • Faville Grove Sanctuary

Madison Audubon Society has some of the largest restored prairies in Wisconsin. Our Faville Grove Sanctuary, located near Lake Mills, is a major part of Madison Audubon's restoration efforts...but our restoration work is only possible with the help of volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help collect prairie seed. Native seed collection saves the genetics of plants that thrive in our local ecosystem, and are then used to restore other areas.

No experience is needed, and families are welcome! Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Volunteers will meet at the kiosk on Prairie Lane off of Highway G.

Contact Drew Harry, Faville Grove Land Steward, at (262) 210-6409 or email him at faville@madisonaudubon.org