Madison Audubon works to protect and improve habitat for birds and other wildlife through land acquisition and management, education, and advocacy.

Mission of the Madison Audubon Society


Madison Audubon Society, established in 1935 as the Madison Bird Club, is today one of the most dynamic Audubon chapters in the nation. We bring birds into the lives of our more than 3,000 local members (and many others!) throughout south-central Wisconsin. And not just birds—we view birds as ambassadors for the entire natural world in all its richness of plants and animals, butterflies and bees.

 
  • When our education team puts a pair of binoculars in the hands of a curious kid, a whole new world comes into view.
  • When our sanctuary teams restore habitat for grassland, wetland and woodland birds, we bring back entire natural communities and landscapes for all to enjoy.
  • When we advocate on behalf of birds, we promote a healthier, more sustainable and more inclusive human community.
 

Madison Audubon serves eight counties in south-central Wisconsin, including Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Iowa, Richland, Jefferson, Dodge, and Marquette counties.


Habitat protection & Wildlife Sanctuaries

With the help of Madison Audubon Society, grassland birds like these tiny bobolinks can thrive. Photo by Carolyn Byers

With the help of Madison Audubon Society, grassland birds like these tiny bobolinks can thrive. Photo by Carolyn Byers

Madison Audubon has protected several thousand acres of critical habitat in south-central Wisconsin. Of all Audubon chapters nationwide, Madison Audubon is a leader in land stewardship, ranked third of over 450 chapters in total acreage managed for wildlife. 

With a small, dedicated staff, enthusiastic interns, and passionate volunteers, Madison Audubon actively manages two wildlife sanctuaries and nearby properties to maximize their habitat value. Additionally, Madison Audubon has a long and continuing history of assisting other organizations and private landowners with land management and restoration projects.


YOUTH & COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Madison Audubon's Conservation Academy program with Operation Fresh Start helps disconnected youth in Madison learn about amazing and diverse career opportunities available in conservation. These hands-on sessions with local experts in a variety of conservation fields aim to help these incredible youths explore career options they may have never otherwise been exposed to. Photo by Emily Meier

Madison Audubon's Conservation Academy program with Operation Fresh Start helps disconnected youth in Madison learn about amazing and diverse career opportunities available in conservation. These hands-on sessions with local experts in a variety of conservation fields aim to help these incredible youths explore career options they may have never otherwise been exposed to. Photo by Emily Meier

YOUTH EDUCATION

Madison Audubon's nature-based education programs help connect kids to the outdoors through partnerships with local schools and community centers. These hands-on learning experiences help kids from all backgrounds explore, enjoy, and discover the natural world in their own communities. 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Madison Audubon promotes community connections around a shared passion for nature. Madison Audubon hosts dozens of free field trips, special events, and thought-provoking lectures each year, many of which are FREE to the public. 


Advocacy

Grassland birds like this female bobolink are especially threatened by habitat loss. Photo by Carolyn Byers

Grassland birds like this female bobolink are especially threatened by habitat loss. Photo by Carolyn Byers

Madison Audubon believes that when we advocate on behalf of birds, we promote a healthier, more sustainable, and more inclusive human community. 

Madison Audubon and its board and staff seed to explore and recommend appropriate advocacy policy and encourage the action of our members. Madison Audubon educates and empowers its members and the public through clear, straightforward communication of these advocacy issues affecting our shared environment.


Governance

Madison Audubon Society's bylaws are available to the public. For questions about organizational governance, send an email to info@madisonaudubon.org, ATTN: Executive Director.

Banner photo by Phil Brown, Creative Commons