Evenings with Audubon: A risky climate for cranes, wetlands, and our world
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: A risky climate for cranes, wetlands, and our world

Cranes are among the most endangered bird families, and flagships for understanding the risks of climate change to biodiversity worldwide—especially where wetland loss and watershed degradation already impact biodiversity. In Texas, rising sea levels and reduced freshwater inflows threaten the coastal marshes used by Endangered Whooping Cranes. Melting polar regions inundate the arctic marshes where Critically Endangered Siberian Cranes breed. Retreating glaciers in Asia no longer feed the high-altitude wetlands that support Blacknecked Cranes. Reduced runoff and higher temperatures on Southern Africa floodplains increase water stress, fire, and invasive species that threaten Wattled Cranes, elephants, and other renowned wildlife. Even our abundant Sandhill Cranes are vulnerable to more frequent and prolonged droughts, especially in the western US.

To manage and secure wetlands facing climate change, we draw lessons from decades of crane conservation—that the needs of cranes, many other species, and people are linked strongly to healthy wetlands and watersheds. In Africa, we challenge developers to incorporate climate change into dam operation and release environmental flows to maintain floodplain health. In China, we negotiate with municipalities to maintain wetlands that are critical staging sites for migratory cranes and waterbirds. In Texas, we model how sea-level rise and freshwater inflows affect future wetland availability for Whooping Cranes, using this knowledge to guide land purchase and easements sufficient for the population to recover fully. Here at home, we seek wetland protections that provide for a wide range of water conditions for cranes and other wildlife to weather years of extreme drought and flood.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Rich Beilfuss serves as President & CEO of the International Crane Foundation, providing oversight for ICF programs and partnerships across more than fifty countries in Asia, Africa, and North America. Beilfuss is a professional hydrologist with 30 years’ experience in wetland conservation and management, specializing in the role of environmental flows for ecological restoration and sustainable development goals. He is an avid unicycle rider, dart-thrower, and birder--but not all at the same time.

Cover photo by Rich Beilfuss

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Birds, Bikes, & Brews 2019
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Birds, Bikes, & Brews 2019

  • Capital Brewery & Pheasant Branch Conservancey (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

New and improved this year: Birds, Bikes, & Brews REVAMP! This awesome event combines three of our favorite things in one stellar afternoon! Join us to BIKE through Middleton and Pheasant Branch Conservancy, BIRD as you go, and enjoy a cold BREW after your ride at Capital Brewery.

This is a slow-roll bike ride (max speed of 12 miles per hour) that is perfect for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Participants under 21 are welcome and encouraged (we’ll just give you a different drink ticket!). Take your time, see the birds, soak up the views.

**Plus, it's all for a great cause: proceeds from registrations go to conservation, education, citizen science, and other programs.**

Views from the Pheasant Branch trail:

(click the images to see more!)

Here are the details:

  • Join us at any time between 12-5 p.m. at Capital Brewery to start your ride. Note that birding stations will only be staffed between 12 and 5:00.

  • We'll give you a map and a birding checklist, and you'll head out on route through Middleton and Pheasant Branch Conservancy to look for as many birds as you can find while on two wheels.

  • This is a slow-roll (max speed of 12 miles per hour) so you can maximize the birds you see, and take it easy on the mixed-use trail in Pheasant Branch Conservancy (there’ll be hikers along the way). Go at your own pace, stop when and where you want to, and enjoy the scenery!

  • Take your pick of distances: the short route (3 miles) goes through the Pheasant Branch creek corridor and back to the brewery, and includes 1 guided birding station. The long route (10 miles) goes through the Pheasant Branch creek corridor and through the full conservancy, looping back into the corridor and back to the brewery.

  • We'll have several birding stations set up along the way, with helpful volunteers. You can stop, take a peek through a spotting scope, and learn something new.

  • When you're done birding and biking, the route brings you right back to Capital Brewery, where we'll have a cold one, a band, and lots of fun waiting for you!

  • Capital Trailhead Ale* will be the featured beer, and Capital Brewery will donate $1 for each beer, wine, or cider sold during this event to Madison Audubon!

  • The rain date for this event is October 6, and will only be used if there is lightning and thunder. We’ll keep you posted!

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Registration info:

Registration will open in July 2019. Early-bird registration through Sept. 1 is just $25, or $35 between Sept. 2 and 24, or $45 at Capital Brewery on the day of the event. Your registration fee includes:

  • Event access,

  • A birding checklist and fun,

  • Event pint glass, and

  • One free cold one at Capital Brewery after you've completed the loop!

*For a delicious way to support Pheasant Branch Conservancy prior to this event, please enjoy Capital Trailhead Ale - on tap all summer long at Capital Brewery! In addition Capital Brewery will donate $1 for each beer, wine or cider sold during the BB&B ride to Madison Audubon.

 

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Thank you to our AWESOME sponsors!

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Evenings with Audubon: The Monarch Butterfly, Citizen Science, and Conservation
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: The Monarch Butterfly, Citizen Science, and Conservation

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has experienced huge population declines in the past two decades, driving the need for more data on their habitat and habitat use across the breeding ground, as well as the effectiveness of conservation efforts. A variety of citizen science programs have allowed for volunteers to collect quality data in this regard, and make significant contributions to the scientific literature. Here, we will explore how citizen science has impacted monarch conservation, what data gaps persist, how the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program seeks to fill these gaps while expanding existing citizen science datasets, and how to participate in any of these programs.

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About the Speaker

Jennifer Thieme is the Regional Monitoring Coordinator at the Monarch Joint Venture. She engages conservation staff and citizen scientists in gathering data on monarchs and their habitat throughout the Midwest. Jennifer received her Masters of Science from The Ohio State University and has spent over a decade working for conservation organizations in the Midwest, with a focus on grassland and savanna systems. 

Cover photo by Arlene Koziol

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Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)
Oct
16
7:00 AM07:00

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)

Experience birds and explore the Chicago Field Museum like you never have before! On October 16, join us for an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the museum specifically for Madison Audubon, which includes the following special presentations and opportunities:

  • Presentation about and a guided tour of the Museum's extensive ornithology collection

  • A meet-and-greet with Mary Hennen’s (Field Museum staff) peregrine falcon and red-tailed hawk

  • Tour of Peggy Macnamara's studio, the Field Museum's artist-in-residence (and artist of the beautiful artwork shown here)

  • A book sale and signing of “The Peregrine Returns: The Art and Architecture of an Urban Raptor” — books are for sale at a discounted rate by clicking here

  • 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 projects!

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 a special access pass. This pass includes admission into all of thepermanent and premium exhibits at the museum, not including the 3-D theater.

Transportation to and from the Field Museum will be provided by Madison Audubon 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, October 16. A back-up date (storms, unforeseen circumstances, etc.) is set for Oct. 23.

Cost covers transportation, behind-the-scenes tour (NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC), exclusive presentations by museum staff, a museum special access pass (normally $38 per person), and a small donation to the Bird Lab at the Field Museum.

We will follow up with registrants with reminders and more information. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) with any questions!

*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)

An example of the incredible artwork done at the Field Museum Bird Lab by Peggy Macnamara.

An example of the incredible artwork done at the Field Museum Bird Lab by Peggy Macnamara.

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 a special access pass. This pass includes admission into all of the permanent and premium exhibits at the museum, not including the 3-D theater.

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, February 13. 

Cost covers transportation, behind-the-scenes tour (NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC), exclusive presentations by museum staff, a museum special access pass (normally $38 per person), and a small donation to the Bird Lab at the Field Museum.


Registration is now open to Audubon members and the public.


*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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Faville Grove Sanctuary orchid count
Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

Faville Grove Sanctuary orchid count

Join us for our annual orchid search and count at Faville Grove Sanctuary! We’ll be on the look-out for the beautiful eastern white-fringed orchid, the beloved species of Aldo Leopold and many others. The count needs a bunch of volunteers to fan out in a line to survey particular prairies at Faville Grove. We’ll meet at the kiosk at W7480 Prairie Lane, Lake Mills, and head out from there.

Schedule:
9 am: meet at kiosk and head to first survey site for survey.
12 pm-ish — Optional: each sack lunches (bring your own) on porch at land steward’s house.
1 pm-ish — Optional: survey second site. This site has slightly more difficult and potentially wet terrain.

Bring: water, sunscreen, bugspray, closed shoes, long pants, a hat, snacks, and whatever other supplies you’d like (a camera is recommended!). If you’d like to have lunch with us on the porch, please bring a sack lunch as well.

To participate: please email or call Brenna at bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473.

Cover photo by Madison Audubon

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Kestrel Banding
Jun
17
8:00 AM08:00

Kestrel Banding

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 program and how and why biologists band kestrel chicks, and even get to hold a kestrel chick! 

This event is for individuals of all ages. Handling of the birds, while awesome, is not required. We use proven techniques to keep the birds calm during banding, which ensures the birds' safety, as well as yours.

EVENT DETAILS:

There are five time slots available: 

  • Sunday, June 9 — 8am-12pm (raindate: June 10)

  • Monday, June 17 — 8am-12pm (raindate: June 18)

  • Monday, June 17 — 12:30-4:30pm (raindate: June 18)

  • Friday, June 21 — 8am-12pm (raindate: June 22)

  • Friday, June 21 — 12:30-4:30pm (raindate: June 22)

1. Registrants will meet at Goose Pond Sanctuary (W7503 Kampen Road, Arlington - west of the railroad tracks) and will carpool to the 4-6 banding sites. Each site is 5-20 miles apart, so there is substantial driving during this event. Please note that we will leave for the nest box route promptly at 8:00 am so don't be late!

2. We'll be stopping and working along roadsides and in grassland habitat, where bugs and pokey plants reside. Closed shoes, tall socks, and pants are recommended. Please also bring sunscreen and water, as well as a hat, snacks, and bug spray if desired.

Contact Brand Smith (608-444-8952) or Mark Martin (608-333-9645) with questions about the event.

Cover photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Kestrel Banding
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Kestrel Banding

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 program and how and why biologists band kestrel chicks, and even get to hold a kestrel chick! 

This event is for individuals of all ages. Handling of the birds, while awesome, is not required. We use proven techniques to keep the birds calm during banding, which ensures the birds' safety, as well as yours.

EVENT DETAILS:

There are five time slots available: 

  • Sunday, June 9 — 8am-12pm (raindate: June 10)

  • Monday, June 17 — 8am-12pm (raindate: June 18)

  • Monday, June 17 — 12:30-4:30pm (raindate: June 18)

  • Friday, June 21 — 8am-12pm (raindate: June 22)

  • Friday, June 21 — 12:30-4:30pm (raindate: June 22)

1. Registrants will meet at Goose Pond Sanctuary (W7503 Kampen Road, Arlington - west of the railroad tracks) and will carpool to the 4-6 banding sites. Each site is 5-20 miles apart, so there is substantial driving during this event. Please note that we will leave for the nest box route promptly at 8:00 am so don't be late!

2. We'll be stopping and working along roadsides and in grassland habitat, where bugs and pokey plants reside. Closed shoes, tall socks, and pants are recommended. Please also bring sunscreen and water, as well as a hat, snacks, and bug spray if desired.

Contact Brand Smith (608-444-8952) or Mark Martin (608-333-9645) with questions about the event.

Cover photo by Pat Eagan

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Bird Migration: How it's Done
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Bird Migration: How it's Done

Whether the American Robin is making its leisurely way from Illinois wintering grounds or a Bobolink is making its cross-hemispherical journey from Argentina to Wisconsin, both trips require a sense of direction. Orientation and navigation skills beyond those of Sacagawea, Merriwether Lewis, and William Clark are needed for these aerial treks. Come hang out with the Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and learn the many ways we think birds are able to complete the wonder of migration.

Abe Lenoch, one of Madison Audubon’s wonderful volunteers, will present this talk to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy’s “Conservancy Days” series. Free and open to the public.

Photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Evenings with Audubon: Impacts of Climate Change on a Flagship Species – Polar Bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Impacts of Climate Change on a Flagship Species – Polar Bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea

Climate change is impacting life at all latitudes, with increasing temperature in the Arctic affecting polar bear habitat and populationsin novel ways. I will share with you how climate change, specifically sea ice dynamics, is putting this flagship species at risk. Using data collected over the last 35 years, my research aims to better understand how a changing climate influences polar bear health in the southern Beaufort Sea.

Free and open to the public. This talk is hosted at the VFW Post 1318, also known as Cranefield's (133 E. Lakeside St.), just off of John Nolan Drive. Food and drinks are available at the bar for those who hope to catch dinner before or after the program.

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About the Speaker

Tricia is a PhD student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW. She is a Wisconsin native and got her start in wildlife ecology as an intern at the International Crane Foundation. After earning an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UW in 2004, she worked as part of the Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Health Team on chronic wasting disease and West Nile Virus. Tricia spent 8 years working for the USDA at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado where her research on focused on prominent wildlife diseases including rabies, avian influenza, and chronic wasting disease. Prior to starting her PhD program, Tricia taught Ecology at UW.


Header photo by USFWS Alaska Region

Cosponsored by Madison Audubon and Community Shares of Wisconsin

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Apr
15
to Jun 15

Great Wisconsin Birdathon (Apr 15-June 15)

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon unites thousands of birders, conservationists, and people across Wisconsin who cherish our state's wildlife and natural wonders. Each spring individuals and organizations create teams to find as many bird species as possible in a single day, while raising funds to support priority bird conservation projects in Wisconsin.

Barn swallow, photo by USFWS Midwest

Barn swallow, photo by USFWS Midwest

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is an annual walkathon-style fundraiser that has raised over $400,000 for bird protection since 2012. In fact, participants raised over $88,000 for the Bird Protection Fund in 2018 alone!

Bird for Madison Audubon! Spend a great day birding and raising money for your favorite birding organization at the same time! Sign up a team, then pick a day, time, and spot to bird, find some friends who will donate toward your birding adventure, and bird away!

The Birdathon is for everyone: individuals, friends and families, classrooms and clubs. Every pledge and donation you raise supports bird conservation and research projects in Wisconsin and beyond.

Gather a team of your friends, family, and co-workers and join us for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! Count birds for a morning or as long as 24 hours, any day from April 15-June 15, anywhere in Wisconsin.

Sign up a team here or find a team to sponsor here.


Madison Audubon is a partner in the coordination of the Great Wisconsin Birdathon — join us!

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Flock and awe: The incredible (and perilous) lives of migratory birds
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Flock and awe: The incredible (and perilous) lives of migratory birds

This presentation is hosted by the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and open to the public. April 9, 7pm, UW Arboretum

This presentation is hosted by the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and open to the public. April 9, 7pm, UW Arboretum

Each spring and fall in the Madison area is a special time in so many ways. One reason is that we are fortunate to witness firsthand one of the most awe-inspiring and captivating phenomena in the natural world. Local elections. Wait, no… definitely not that. I’m referring, of course, to the arrival and departure of Wisconsin’s splendiferous migrating birds. Twice each year, the land, air, and water are abuzz with wandering warblers, flitting flycatchers, sojourning swans, and roaming raptors. These and other amazing birds are in the midst of an arduous annual journey, often traveling many thousands of miles in search of quality feeding, roosting, or breeding spots.

Bird migration has both entranced and perplexed us for at least as long as we’ve been recording our history. In order to explain the annual vanishing of common redstarts and the appearance of European robins, for example, Aristotle speculated that each redstart simply transformed itself into a robin in winter. Not to be outdone, 17th-century English minister and scientist Charles Morton claimed that birds simply migrated to the moon and back each year. Lunacy.

Thankfully, many years of careful observation, research, and advancement in technologies have shed light on the mysteries of bird migration and revealed its marvelous nature. Why do birds undertake such daunting journeys? How do they manage to navigate over such extensive distances? How do they survive such a taxing physical effort and the many perils they face along the way? If you’ve ever spied a beautiful bird at the Preserve and pondered these and similar questions, this talk on the science and splendor of avian migration might just be for you.

Presented by Matt Reetz, Madison Audubon executive director

Hosted by the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Cover photo by Arlene Koziol

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Evenings with Audubon: Creating habitat for the health of our lakes, watersheds, & pollinators
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Creating habitat for the health of our lakes, watersheds, & pollinators

Free and open to the public!

Madison's lakes are in need of home owners and community members to take action and take care of them... from their own yards! John Shillinglaw will describe how folks can participate in protecting the Madison area watersheds by adding to habitat for pollinators, and provide ideas for ways you can make a real difference simply by managing your yard in watershed-friendly ways! Native gardening, composting, leaf management, and more. Plus, your watershed-friendly yard will look great and attracts lots of fun insects, birds, and other wildlife.

About the speaker:

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John Shillinglaw is a retired ophthalmologist and moved to Madison in 2013. He has been an Audubon member for 45 years and was active with the Fox River Valley Audubon Society. He is a restoration biologist with a special interest in dry prairies. Hobbies include birdwatching, paddling, biking, fly fishing and hiking. He has been a Madison Audubon board member since 2017, and is especially interested in Madison Audubon's education programs.


Cosponsored by
Madison Audubon and Community Shares of Wisconsin

Header photo by Richard Hurd, Flickr Creative Commons

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Mar
5
12:00 AM00:00

The Big Share

Do something big for birds! The Big Share is a day of online giving for over 70 non-profit organizations in Wisconsin, all working on environmental and social justice. Madison Audubon is a proud member, and we encourage you to share your love for your local non-profits on this day of joy and sharing!

To donate, visit our Big Share fundraising page. Thank you for caring about birds, habitats, and kids in Wisconsin!

 
 
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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Monitoring American Kestrel Nestboxes

American kestrel in a nestbox. Photo by Pat Ready

American kestrel in a nestbox. Photo by Pat Ready

What does it take to monitor kestrel boxes and why do we do it?

American Kestrel numbers have been dropping dramatically over the past 40 years, especially in the Northeast & Eastern Canada and the decline has reached the Midwest as well. MAS has responded by putting up a network of boxes. This program will cover the plight of the American Kestrel and what volunteers for Madison Audubon are doing to help keep their numbers up in south-central Wisconsin.


Pat Ready, birdwatcher extraordinare. Photo provided by Pat Ready

Pat Ready, birdwatcher extraordinare. Photo provided by Pat Ready

Speaker: Pat Ready, Madison Audubon member and volunteer

Patrick Ready lives in Madison, WI and was a Back Yard Nature Specialist for the Wild Birds Unlimited store (retired). He has been the president of the Bluebird Restoration Assoc. of WI (BRAW) for the past 4 years. He maintains 6 bluebird trails in Dane County and has been monitoring nest boxes since 1999. He is also the editor of the Wisconsin Bluebird, the quarterly newsletter for BRAW. The past four years he has been involved with American Kestrel nest box monitoring for Madison Audubon in south-central Dane Co. He enjoys bird watching, photography, and kayaking in his spare time.

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Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)
Feb
13
7:00 AM07:00

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)

This trip was originally scheduled for January 23, but postponed due to snow. The new date for the trip is February 13.

Experience birds and explore the Chicago Field Museum like you never have before! On February 13, join us for an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the museum specifically for Madison Audubon, which includes the following special presentations and opportunities:

  • Presentation about and a guided tour of the Museum's extensive ornithology collection

  • Tour of Peggy Macnamara's studio, the Field Museum's artist-in-residence (and artist of the artwork below)

  • 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 projects!

An example of the incredible artwork done at the Field Museum Bird Lab by Peggy Macnamara.

An example of the incredible artwork done at the Field Museum Bird Lab by Peggy Macnamara.

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 a special access pass. This pass includes admission into all of the permanent and premium exhibits at the museum, not including the 3-D theater.

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, February 13. 

Cost covers transportation, behind-the-scenes tour (NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC), exclusive presentations by museum staff, a museum special access pass (normally $38 per person), and a small donation to the Bird Lab at the Field Museum.


Registration is now open to Audubon members and the public.


*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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Madison Audubon at the WI Garden Expo!
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Madison Audubon at the WI Garden Expo!

  • Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Monarchs looooove milkweed! Learn more about how you can support these butterflies and other wildlife at Madison Audubon’s booth at the Garden Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2019. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs looooove milkweed! Learn more about how you can support these butterflies and other wildlife at Madison Audubon’s booth at the Garden Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2019. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Take a break from the Wisconsin winter life, and enjoy the beauty, excitement, and resources found at the Wisconsin Garden Expo! Madison Audubon will host a table again this year, featuring the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, free milkweed seeds, information on how you can protect monarchs in your yard, as well as other backyard habitat resources for supporting birds and other wildlife as well!

Find ticket information here.

More info on our table location coming soon.

About the Wisconsin Garden Expo

Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden & Landscape Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 26th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening and landscaping, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and connect with professional landscapers. All proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

Things to do at the Garden Expo:

  • Learn something new at one of more than 150 free educational seminars and stage demonstrations.

  • Connect with dozens of landscaping professionals who can help deliver your landscape dream.

  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.

  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture experts.

  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden—courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA).

  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.

  • Attend the Sunday farmers' market, featuring farmers, food artisans and local food retailers.

Cover photo courtesy of Wisconsin Garden Expo

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Madison Audubon at the WI Garden Expo!
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Madison Audubon at the WI Garden Expo!

  • Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Monarchs looooove milkweed! Learn more about how you can support these butterflies and other wildlife at Madison Audubon’s booth at the Garden Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2019. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs looooove milkweed! Learn more about how you can support these butterflies and other wildlife at Madison Audubon’s booth at the Garden Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2019. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Take a break from the Wisconsin winter life, and enjoy the beauty, excitement, and resources found at the Wisconsin Garden Expo! Madison Audubon will host a table again this year, featuring the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, free milkweed seeds, information on how you can protect monarchs in your yard, as well as other backyard habitat resources for supporting birds and other wildlife as well!

Find ticket information here.

More info on our table location coming soon.

About the Wisconsin Garden Expo

Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden & Landscape Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 26th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening and landscaping, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and connect with professional landscapers. All proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

Things to do at the Garden Expo:

  • Learn something new at one of more than 150 free educational seminars and stage demonstrations.

  • Connect with dozens of landscaping professionals who can help deliver your landscape dream.

  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.

  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture experts.

  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden—courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA).

  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.

  • Attend the Sunday farmers' market, featuring farmers, food artisans and local food retailers.

Cover photo courtesy of Wisconsin Garden Expo

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Madison Audubon at the WI Garden Expo!
Feb
8
12:00 PM12:00

Madison Audubon at the WI Garden Expo!

  • Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Monarchs looooove milkweed! Learn more about how you can support these butterflies and other wildlife at Madison Audubon’s booth at the Garden Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2019. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs looooove milkweed! Learn more about how you can support these butterflies and other wildlife at Madison Audubon’s booth at the Garden Expo, Feb. 8-10, 2019. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Take a break from the Wisconsin winter life, and enjoy the beauty, excitement, and resources found at the Wisconsin Garden Expo! Madison Audubon will host a table again this year, featuring the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, free milkweed seeds, information on how you can protect monarchs in your yard, as well as other backyard habitat resources for supporting birds and other wildlife as well!

Find ticket information here.

More info on our table location coming soon.

About the Wisconsin Garden Expo

Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden & Landscape Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 26th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening and landscaping, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and connect with professional landscapers. All proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

Things to do at the Garden Expo:

  • Learn something new at one of more than 150 free educational seminars and stage demonstrations.

  • Connect with dozens of landscaping professionals who can help deliver your landscape dream.

  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.

  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture experts.

  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden—courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA).

  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.

  • Attend the Sunday farmers' market, featuring farmers, food artisans and local food retailers.

Cover photo courtesy of Wisconsin Garden Expo

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
15
6:00 AM06:00

Christmas Bird Count

  • All over Madison & surrounding suburbs! (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Christmas Bird Count, now in it's 119th year, is an annual citizen science event in which birders all over the country spend one day searching for their feathered friends. The goal is to take a snapshot of the bird landscape throughout North America. The data collected by volunteer birders and turned into the National Audubon Society help scientists understand bird population trends. Plus, it gets you out birding in the beautiful (or sometimes blustery) winter weather!

Madison's Christmas Bird Count survey area is so large that we divide it up into 23 areas. Each area has an experienced captain leading the survey for their part of Madison, Middleton, Verona, McFarland, Fitchburg, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, or DeForest. Start- and end-times and survey locations vary by area. You can either join us in the field to count birds, or stay home and watch your bird feeders. Or both!

To get involved, visit madisonaudubon.org/cbc and sign up. We will work with you to find a person leading a counting group in your area.

Happy birding!

Header photo by Carolyn Byers

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Nov
27
12:00 AM00:00

#GivingTuesday

Sandhill cranes are in a hurry to join in on #GivingTuesday! Photo by Monica Hall

Sandhill cranes are in a hurry to join in on #GivingTuesday! Photo by Monica Hall

#GivingTuesday is a day of charitable giving to non-profits around the world. It's done all online, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (this year, November 27). Think Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, but BETTER! Save $20 on the sweater you were thinking of buying your loved one, and instead, donate to bird conservation in their name.

The best part? There are TWO ways to double your donation tomorrow!

#1: Donate here on Facebook tomorrow, and Facebook & PayPal will MATCH donations made after 7:00 a.m. CT, up to $7,000,000! Wow! Learn more here.

#2: All donations up to $3,000 made directly on our website tomorrow between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will be MATCHED by a wonderful donor.

Our Facebook and Twitter accounts will be lively on #GivingTuesday with what we like to call #GIFingTuesday — fun, light-hearted posts about why birds are awesome. Join us and give on November 27!

Thank you!!

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Evenings with Audubon: In Defense of Public Lands
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: In Defense of Public Lands

Madison-local, author, and professor Steven Davis will present the arguments he makes in his recently published book, In Defense of Public Lands, which advocates that public land should remain in the public's hand, despite debate over whether these lands should be privatized. He will discuss the empirical data and theoretical arguments from biological, economic, and political perspectives in order to build a case for why our public lands are an invaluable and irreplaceable asset for the American people. 

Note that this Evenings with Audubon will be a week earlier than our usual schedule, due to Thanksgiving the following week.

Free and open to the public. This talk is hosted at the VFW Post 1318, also known as Cranefield's (133 E. Lakeside St.), just off of John Nolan Drive. Food and drinks are available at the bar for those who hope to catch dinner before or after the program.

Cover photo by Joshua Mayer

This event is co-sponsored by Community Shares of Wisconsin

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Goose Pond Scope Days
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Goose Pond Scope Days

  • Goose Pond Sanctuary kiosk on Prairie Lane (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Goose Pond is a mecca for migrating waterfowl. Catch a glimpse of this incredible phenomenon as swans, geese, and ducks of all sorts pack into this prairie pothole by the hundreds or even thousands. This is a great opportunity to #BirdYourWorld during 2018’s Year of the Bird!

We will have spotting scopes set up along the north side of Prairie Lane, viewing the pond from the south. Please park along the south side of Prairie Lane. Bring very warm clothes, binoculars if you have them, and bird identification guides. Our staff and volunteers will help you get great views of birds and teach you about their ecology.

When you’re finished, take some time to visit Wingspan, the new ADA-accessible observation platform just across Prairie Lane.

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Evenings with Audubon: Spotted Owls
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Spotted Owls

"Seeing ghosts: spooky stories about spotted owls and the things that haunt them"

When night falls in the forest, foes real and imagined emerge - bears, mountain lions, escaped convicts, ghosts...oh my! Gavin M. Jones, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has spent five years roaming the forests of California's Sierra Nevada after dark studying the rare and threatened spotted owl. In this Evenings With Audubon with Halloween around the corner, Gavin will tell spooky stories from his fieldwork and share about the ghosts the of past and present that still threaten the spotted owl today.

This talk is free, open to the public, and family-friendly. Free parking is available in the ramp across Main Street (when you enter the ramp, you'll need to take a ticket, but by the time you leave the gates will be open and you won't need to pay)\

This event is co-sponsored by Community Shares of Wisconsin

Cover photo by Gavin Jones

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Birds, Bikes, & Brews 2018!
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Birds, Bikes, & Brews 2018!

Birds, Bikes, & Brews combines three of our favorite things in one awesome event! Join us to BIKE around Lake Monona, BIRD as you go, and enjoy a cold BREW after your ride at Next Door Brewing Company!

**Plus, it's all for a great cause: proceeds from registrations and a $1 donation from BBB food and drink purchases go to Madison Audubon's conservation and education programs.**

Here are the details:

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  • Join us at any time between 1-4 p.m. at Next Door Brewing Company

  • We'll give you a map and a checklist, and you'll head out on the Lake Monona Lake Loop to look for as many birds as you can find while on two wheels.*

  • We'll have several birding stations set up along the way, with helpful volunteers. You can stop, take a peek through a spotting scope, and learn something new.

  • When you're done birding and biking, the Lake Loop brings you right back to Next Door Brewing, where we'll have a cold one waiting for you!

*No pressure, no rush. Enjoy the ride, and know that birders of ALL skill levels are welcome. Even if you don't consider yourself a birder, we guarantee you'll have fun (and there's good beer involved).

Registration info:

Early-bird registration through Sept. 1 is just $20, or $30 between Sept. 2 and 24. Registration at Next Door Brewing is also available on the day of the event for $30. Your registration fee includes:

  • Event access,

  • A birding checklist and fun,

  • Event pint glass, and

  • One free cold one at Next Door Brewing Co. after you've completed the loop!

Super soft Birds, Bikes, & Brews t-shirts are available to purchase! Buy one with your registration by September 1 and pay just $10! Shirts will be $15 on the day of the event (size, color, and cut selection will be limited).

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FAQs

Do I need to print my registration/show it at the event?

No, it's not necessary! Feel free to save a tree - just tell us your name when you arrive at the event. We'll know what ticket type you registered with!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

If you plan on enjoying one of our specially-brewed craft beers from the beer geniuses at Next Door Brewing, you must be 21 years old and have a valid ID present at the brewery.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you're close enough to bike, by all means, come on two wheels! Otherwise, there's parking at Next Door Brewing Company's parking lot, and all along Atwood Avenue and neighboring streets.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can call or email Brenna, MAS communications director, at 608-255-2473 or bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, we're happy to transfer your ticket to someone else if you can't make it to the event. Just have them show us the registration on their phone, or simply have them tell us your name when they check in!

 

Hosted by:

Thank you to our AWESOME sponsors!

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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
22
9:30 AM09:30

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!

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). Registration is now open to the public! But if you're interested in joining Madison Audubon, you can do so by clicking here or by including a $20 donation in your ticket purchase. Note that you must attend the session you register for.

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 22 MORNING session (9:30am-12:00pm) <<

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 22 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 2 butterfly count at Goose Pond found 476 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: Native Bees
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Native Bees

Native bees are a wildly diverse and important group of animals -- numbering in the hundreds of species just in Wisconsin alone! Christy Stewart from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will kick off our fall Evenings with Audubon series with a presentation that opens your eyes to the beauty, variety, and significance of these little pollinators.

Free, family-friendly, and open to the public.

 

Cover photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
15
9:30 AM09:30

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!

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). Registration is now open to the public! But if you're interested in joining Madison Audubon, you can do so by clicking here or by including a $20 donation in your ticket purchase. 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. 15 MORNING session (9:30am-12:00pm) <<

>> Click here to register for the Sept. 15 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 2 butterfly count at Goose Pond found 476 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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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
12
1:30 PM13:30

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!

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and there is a limit of 6 tickets per group.  Registration is now open to the public! But if you're interested in joining Madison Audubon, you can do so by clicking here or by including a $20 donation in your ticket purchase. Note that you must attend the session you register for.

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 2 butterfly count at Goose Pond found 476 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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Goose Pond Sanctuary Butterfly Count
Jul
2
9:00 AM09:00

Goose Pond Sanctuary Butterfly Count

The annual Goose Pond Sanctuary Butterfly Count will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018! This count is part of the Mud Lake National Butterfly Count, and is one piece of a network of counts held throughout the country to document the diversity and abundance of our scaly-winged friends each year. Celebrate Goose Pond's 50th anniversary by participating in this fun, memorable event!

All are welcome to participate and butterfly identification expertise is not required. We will provide you with resources (nets, guides, etc.) that will help you with the count. Meet at the MAS Goose Pond Sanctuary Kampen Road residence (W7503 Kampen Road, Arlington) at 9:00 a.m. We will divide into teams and count butterflies till noon, then we will head out for lunch and back at it after lunch till 4:00 p.m.

No need to RSVP, just show up!

Cover photo by Arlene Koziol

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Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Jun
29
8:30 AM08:30

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
23
8:30 AM08:30

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
15
8:30 AM08:30

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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Goose Pond 50th Anniversary Talk with Laura Erickson
May
18
2:00 PM14:00

Goose Pond 50th Anniversary Talk with Laura Erickson

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Join us in a celebration of birds, habitat restoration, and what they mean to the heart with a presentation by Laura Erickson, who created Goose Pond's first bird list (223 species!) in 1978.

Laura Erickson, author 11 books about birds, and is a Science Editor at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, columnist and editor for BirdWatching magazine, and host/producer of "For the Birds" radio program.

More information coming soon!

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