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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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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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)

Cover photo by Gavin Jones

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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

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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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Evenings with Audubon: The Marvelous Chimney Swift
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: The Marvelous Chimney Swift

Join us for our April Evenings with Audubon, focusing on the wonderful chimney swift, due back in the state around this time. Sandy Schwab, a key player in the Wisconsin Chimney Swifts Working Group, will share information about the natural history, migrations, threats, and conservation tactics relating to these fascinating birds.

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)

Header photo by Waltarrrrr (Flickr Creative Commons)

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Learn to Birdwatch
Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Learn to Birdwatch

It’s fun to observe birds, but knowing exactly what you’re looking or listening for is often the biggest challenge for beginning birders. Madison Audubon is partnering with Madison Parks to bring Learn to Birdwatch to Elver Park. MAS volunteer Abe Lenoch will provide hands-on instruction on how to use binoculars, identifying common birds, what migration is and why birds do it, best birdwatching times and locations and more. All ages are welcome.

A limited number of binoculars will be available for use so please bring your own binoculars if possible.

Thanks to the Madison Parks Foundation all of Madison Parks' 2018 Learn to... workshops are free to attend. Advanced registration is required for all classes (click here to register)

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Evenings with Audubon: Watching tiny survivors—bats who beat the odds
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Watching tiny survivors—bats who beat the odds

The devastating bat disease white-nose syndrome (WNS) was first detected in Wisconsin in 2014 and now it’s spread throughout the state, affecting almost all caves and mines. The Wisconsin Bat Program has been tracking the steep population decline occurring since and searching for remaining individuals. Join DNR bat biologist and state cave & mine specialist Jennifer Redell for Evenings with Audubon. You’ll be introduced to the amazing but secret lives of your neighborhood bats and will hear the story of WNS in Wisconsin. Jennifer will be accompanied by live bat ambassadors and will share a variety of actions you can take to help Wisconsin’s bats.

  Little brown bat, Photo by Jennifer Redell

Little brown bat, Photo by Jennifer Redell

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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The Big Share: Open House & Fill the Feeder Event
Mar
6
11:00 AM11:00

The Big Share: Open House & Fill the Feeder Event

Join us for coffee, cookies, and bird chats on March 6, 11am-1pm at the Wild Birds Unlimited store. Madison Audubon will be on-site to talk with you about birds, habitat restoration, citizen science, and more, while you get all of your bird feeding and watching swag in the store. Plus: you can help Madison Audubon "Fill the Feeder" with donations -- big or small -- during those 2 hours. No matter how much you donate, will get you a coupon for in-store shopping and be entered into a raffle. See you then!

OR -- Donate online between 12-1PM by clicking here: madisonaudubon.org/thebigshare

Part of The Big Share 2018
 

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The Big Share: 10-11am Power Hour
Mar
6
10:00 AM10:00

The Big Share: 10-11am Power Hour

Double your money!

The Big Share is a day of online giving to 70 Wisconsin non-profits, and we're lucky enough to be one of them! From 10-11 AM on March 6, you can help us meet our goal of $3,000 -- the amount we paid for the GPS transmitter now riding on Arlington, the snowy owl who hangs out around Goose Pond Sanctuary. 

Learn more about Arlington here: madisonaudubon.org/arlington
Donate at: madisonaudubon.org/thebigshare

Two big perks of donating during this time::

1. Our awesome board has already pledged $1500 -- HALF of the amount -- as a match. If you can help us raise the other $1500, we're golden!

2. If you help us raise the most amount of money out of all of the organizations participating during this hour, we'll win an extra $750 in cash!

Please invite and share with your friends. Thank you for being the awesome bird-nerd, nature-nut, and Madison Audubon supporter! #CSWBigShare

Donate at: madisonaudubon.org/thebigshare

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Snowy Owl Talk & Tour at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

Snowy Owl Talk & Tour at Goose Pond Sanctuary

  • Arlington Agricultural Research Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You're invited to learn more about owls, particularly snowy and short-eared, at a free, public presentation on March 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station (N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington). Following the talk, a limited number of attendees will be able to join local experts on a driving tour of local snowy owl hotspots in hopes of observing these beautiful birds first-hand. We are no longer taking registrations for the tour, but you may get lucky and snag an spot if you attend the talk! The talk does not require an RSVP.

The presentation and tour are hosted by Madison Audubon Society and the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

 

Banner photo by Monica Hall

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Evenings with Audubon: Bald Eagles in Wisconsin
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Bald Eagles in Wisconsin

Bald Eagles have staged a remarkable comeback throughout the Midwest in the past 40 years.  However, eagles continue to face a variety of challenges in Wisconsin.  This presentation will review eagle nesting surveys in southwestern Wisconsin, causes of mortality, and a study using eagles as an indicator of environmental contaminants.  Photos of Wisconsin eagle nests will illustrate research techniques, eaglet development, prey items and nest site characteristics.

You'll also learn more about the new citizen science program Madison Audubon is launching this winter, Bald Eagle Nest Watch!

 Photo provided by Dan Goltz

Photo provided by Dan Goltz

Dan Goltz is a Wildlife Biologist with the WDNR, based in Boscobel and covering Richland and Grant Counties.  Dan was introduced to raptors by Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom and has since enjoyed any chance to work with them.

 

Cover photo by Monica Hall

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

Behind the Scenes at the Field Museum (Chicago)

We're sorry, this trip is full!

Experience birds and explore the Chicago Field Museum like you never have before!  On February 7, 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 by Bird Collection Research Scientist Josh Engel
  • 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 7. 

Cost covers transportation, behind-the-scenes tour (NOT AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC), exclusive presentations by museum staff, a museum special access pass (normally $36 per person), and a small donation to the Bird Lab at the Field Museum.

We're sorry, this trip is full!


*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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POSTPONED: Snowy Owl Talk & Tour at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Feb
4
3:30 PM15:30

POSTPONED: Snowy Owl Talk & Tour at Goose Pond Sanctuary

  • Arlington Agricultural Research Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're sorry, the snowy owl talk and tour is postponed due to snow and cold.

We will reschedule and share the new date soon!

The public is invited to learn more about owls, particularly snowy and short-eared, at a free, public presentation on February 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station (N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington). Following the talk, a limited number of attendees will be able to join local experts on a driving tour of local snowy owl hotspots in hopes of observing these beautiful birds first-hand.

The presentation and tour are hosted by Madison Audubon Society and the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

 

 

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
16
6:00 AM06:00

Christmas Bird Count

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

The Christmas Bird Count, now in it's 118th 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 Audubon is coordinating the Madison area count. To get involved, contact Brenna Marsicek (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to request information. We will work with you to find a person leading a counting group in your area.

Happy birding!

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

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

  • Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pete Marra, an ornithologist and conservation biologist will talk about his new book Cat Wars that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It will chart the developments that have led to our present impasse -- from breakthrough studies on cat predation to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today.

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

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

INFORMATION ON PARKING HERE.

Co-hosted by the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Community Shares of Wisconsin

About the Presenter

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

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Wingspan Open House
Oct
29
1:00 PM13:00

Wingspan Open House

Wingspan Observation Pavilion
Open House

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Goose Pond Sanctuary
Prairie Lane, Arlington, WI

Goose Pond Sanctuary is now home to Wingspan, a beautiful observation platform overlooking the wildlife and flora of Goose Pond and the surrounding Bicentennial Prairie. Wingspan will be completed in late October and opened to the public for an Open House on Sunday, October 29. Bring your friends, your family, and your hiking boots to explore the beautiful landscape, peek through the spotting scopes at local wildlife, and take a rest under the wings of Wingspan.

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

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Evenings with Audubon: The Birds and Mammals of Boqueron Valley, a threatened wildlife corridor in Panama
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

 

About the Presenter

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

 

Cover photo by Rachel, Flickr Creative Commons

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Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Birds, Bikes & Brews

Birds, Bikes, & Brews

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

Registration Info

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

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

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

Event T-Shirt Info

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

A limited supply of t-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the event at Next Door Brewing for $20. And if you wear your Birds, Bikes, & Brews t-shirt the day of the event, you'll receive an extra raffle ticket - for free!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Evenings with Audubon: Desperately Seeking: Purple Martins & Their Landlords
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

About the presenter

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

Photos by Arlene Koziol

 

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

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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
16
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). Monarch tagging registration fills up very quickly, so don't wait to sign up! Note that you must attend the session you register for. Other fine-print info is in the links below.

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

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

 

  Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

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

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

 

Banner photo by Michael Anderson

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Party on the Prairie: Faville Grove's 20th Birthday!
Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

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

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

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

First and Last Name *
First and Last Name

Banner photo by Emily Meier

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Monarch Tagging at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Sep
9
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). Monarch tagging registration fills up very quickly, so don't wait to sign up! Note that you must attend the session you register for. Other fine-print info is in the links below.

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

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

  Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

Monarchs nectaring on liatris. Photo by Arlene Koziol

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

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

Banner photo by Michael Anderson

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Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Jun
11
8:00 AM08:00

Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary

THIS EVENT IS FOR MADISON AUDUBON MEMBERS ONLY.

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

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Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary
Jun
7
8:00 AM08:00

Kestrel Banding at Goose Pond Sanctuary

THIS EVENT IS FOR MADISON AUDUBON MEMBERS ONLY.

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

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Bluebird Surveys with Climate Watch
Jun
1
to Jun 15

Bluebird Surveys with Climate Watch

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

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

Joining is easy!

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Evenings with Audubon: Birds of Cuba
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with Audubon: Birds of Cuba

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

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

Contact Information:

Ernesto Reyes, Cuban Birding Tours and Nature Photography

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

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