Fall Colors and Birds in Hemlock Draw
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Colors and Birds in Hemlock Draw

Come in search of fall colors as we hike in this TNC State Natural Area. With maples, birches, hickories, oaks and other trees in various stages of autumn hews, the views of this mixed conifer, deciduous forest may be delightful. The fall migration could include thrushes, flycatchers, sparrows and hawks. The resident woodpeckers, finches, nuthatches, cardinals, maybe calling. Part of the trip maybe off trail. Bring water, a snack to eat during the hike, if you want, and appropriate footwear for rugged terrain.

Carpool at 8:00 am at the Parmenter St. Park & Ride along Hwy 12 about a mile north of Middleton or meet us in Leland at the gravel parking across main street from the Sprecher Bar.

Led by Levi Wood

Header photo by Ben Hancock

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Lake Michigan Birding
Nov
4
7:30 AM07:30

Lake Michigan Birding

  • Carpool from Dutch Mill Park & Ride (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we bird Lake Michigan and its shoreline during the migration of waterfowl through Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties. We will be scoping the lake for surf, black, and white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, harlequin duck, and red-throated loon. Rarities found on this trip over the years include pacific loon, western grebe, purple sandpiper, red phalarope, parasitic jaeger, Bohemian waxwing, Townsend’s warbler, prairie warbler, Nelson’s sparrow, and both crossbills.  Dress for the weather and bring a scope if you have one. A high ratio of scopes to people will make this trip more enjoyable for everyone!

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

Led by Quentin Yoerger

Header photo by USFWS Midwest

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Birding Madison's Lakes
Dec
1
7:30 AM07:30

Birding Madison's Lakes

As winter sets in, smaller ponds and lakes in south-central Wisconsin freeze, causing migrating birds to become concentrated on Madison’s large lakes, which remain open longer. We will look for waterfowl, gulls, and winter birds. This trip has produced some unusual sightings in the past, including red-throated loons, so don’t miss it! We will carpool and leave at 7:30 a.m. from the middle of UW Parking Lot 60 at the north end of Walnut Street. Dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one!

Led by Quentin Yoerger

Photo by Madison Audubon Society

 

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Beyond Backyard Birding
Sep
29
7:30 AM07:30

Beyond Backyard Birding

This morning trip is especially for backyard birders looking to grow their skills! Come to have your bird questions answered and get help identifying all of those small, streaky brown birds! We'll also be keeping our eyes out for fall migrants in the beautiful oak savanna along the Yahara River. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars for loan.

Please note: This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact MAS office (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

Led by Kristin Brunk and Maia Persche

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Birding at Zeloski Marsh
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Birding at Zeloski Marsh

Zeloski Marsh in western Jefferson County has become a major stopover for shorebirds and is also frequented by waterfowl and wading birds. This tour during fall migration includes about 1.5 miles of walking to get good views of these birds. Bring binoculars and spotting scope if you have them. Wear good walking shoes! A snack and water bottle are recommended.

Meet at the DNR parking lot at W9054 London Road.

Led by Brad Webb

Header photo by WisconsinKaasKop

 

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Fall Prairies at Faville Grove
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Prairies at Faville Grove

The prairie can be just as beautiful as the iconic northern forest in fall.  On this trip you will immerse yourself in the textures, colors, sounds, and smells of fall at Faville Grove. We will tour the Prairie Lane restorations and take note of the fall colors, late blooming wildflowers (such as gentians, asters, and goldenrods), talk about the role of seed collecting in our restorations, and more. NOTE: With all of the recent rain, there are more skeeters on the prairie than usual so please dress appropriately and wear repellent if you wish. We will have a selection of repellents to share.

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This event is part of Land Trust Days, a month-long celebration of protected lands and habitats. Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a YETI Cooler just for participating in this field trip (saweeeet!). #havefunoutside

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

Led by Drew Harry, David Musolf, and Roger Packard

Header photo by Jeff Pieterick

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Pleasant Valley Conservancy Labor Day Hike
Sep
3
1:00 PM13:00

Pleasant Valley Conservancy Labor Day Hike

Pleasant Valley Conservancy State Natural Area is a 140 acre natural area in western Dane County near the town of Vermont. The property contains prairie remnants, wetlands, and extensive oak savannas and has been under intensive management for the past 20 years. Hiking will be partly across steep bluffs, and long pants with sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. At the end of the three-hour trip, light refreshments will be served at the small cabin on site.

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

Led by Tom and Kathie Brock

Header photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Swift Night Out
Sep
1
6:30 PM18:30

Swift Night Out

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

RAIN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 2, same time and place. If the rain date is rained out, we'll reschedule for another day, likely the following weekend!
QUESTIONS? Call Sandy Schwab at 608-658-4139

Note: Swifts have been known to change their preference for chimneys, so please check back for location changes.

Led by Sandy Schwab

Header photo by Steve Benoit

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Little Naturalists Field Trip
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Little Naturalists Field Trip

Join us for a slow-paced, toddler-led walk specially designed for families with young kids! We're thrilled to partner with Hike it Baby Madison, the local chapter of a national organization focused on getting children comfortable in nature at an early age, and the wonderful Aldo Leopold Nature Center to host this field trip. With professional naturalists from Madison Audubon Society and Aldo Leopold Nature Center in tow, children will learn the plants, rocks, birds, and bugs they find while they hike through the woods and prairie. Parent(s) or caregivers are required to attend with children -- you'll have fun too, we promise!

Easy terrain (level, mowed paths) make this hike appropriate for all walking stages and strollers. No dogs, please. Membership in any of the three partnering organizations is not required. Grab your kids and come for a fun morning walk!

Co-sponsored by Madison Audubon Society, Hike it Baby Madison, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center

 

Cover photo by Visit Lakeland, Flickr Creative Commons

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Bumble Bees on the Prairie
Aug
4
9:00 AM09:00

Bumble Bees on the Prairie

Bumble bees are key pollinators, aiding fruit and seed production in native plants as well as food crops. During the summer months, their colonies reach peak size, and they forage in fields, gardens, prairies, savannas, and wetlands. Learn about the diversity, life history, and identification of bumble bees at Goose Pond, and see a variety of bee-friendly flowers, such as gray-headed coneflower, rattlesnake master, nodding onion, sunflowers, hoary vervain, white false indigo, and many others in full bloom. If you'd like, bring a camera to this field trip to capture images to upload and share.

Rain date: August 5

Note: This trip is limited to 25 people - registration is required! Please contact the MAS office (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

Led by Susan Carpenter and Maddie Dumas

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Evening at Rettenmund Prairie
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Evening at Rettenmund Prairie

Join us for a summertime trip to this high-quality prairie remnant. A spectacular display of butterfly milkweed, leadplant, and coreopsis should be at its peak on this summer evening. Park on the right (north) side of Fesenfeld Road. This site is a State Natural Area owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts. This trip is co-sponsored by The Prairie Enthusiasts.

Led by Kathie and Tom Brock

Header photo by Madison Audubon Society

 

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Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh

We will observe a variety of butterflies as they take nectar from wildflowers, and learn about their identification, behavior, and lifestyle. Bring binoculars if you have them—close-focusing ones work best; we will have a few extras available. Long pants and a hat are recommended. This trip is co-sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Hosted during National Pollinator Week!

For any questions or concerns, please contact Karl Legler at (608) 643-4926 or karlndot@charter.net

Led by Karl and Dorothy Legler and Jan Axelson

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Butterflies and Wildflowers of Pleasant Valley
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Butterflies and Wildflowers of Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful state natural area situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high-quality marsh. This time of year we hope to see Baltimore checkerspots, wetland skippers, swallowtails, silvery checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All of these butterflies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on this time of year. Long pants, a hat, water, hiking shoes, and close-focusing binoculars are recommended. If you would like, bring along a bag lunch for after the field trip; beverages and dessert will be provided. Once on Pleasant Valley Road, drive past the buildings on the right to the state natural area sign; please park off the road near the sign. This trip is co-sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and The Prairie Enthusiasts.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Kathie Brock at (608) 238-5050 or kmbrock@charter.net

Led by Karl Legler, Ann Thering, and Tom and Kathie Brock

Photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Grassland Birds
Jun
10
8:30 AM08:30

Grassland Birds

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

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

For any questions or concerns, please contact Curt Caslavka at (608) 836-1865 or caslavka@wisc.edu

Led by Curt Caslavka and Mike McDowell

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNA
Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNA

  • Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNA (Meet at Goose Pond to carpool) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 455-acre Rocky Run Oak Savanna contains bur, white, and black oak savanna, a box canyon, and more than 100 plant species along with a diversity of reptiles and butterflies.   Rocky Run contains the highest density of whip-poor-wills in Columbia County and hosts many other savanna bird species. Over 30 years ago Madison Audubon volunteers assisted the DNR in removing red cedar trees from the site. Join us in exploring a state natural area with a diversity of habitats, plants, and wildlife.

We will meet at W7503 Kampen Road, car pool to the site and return to Goose Pond for a picnic lunch.

Please note: This trip is limited to 16 people - registration is required! Please contact the MAS Office (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Martin at (608) 333-9645 or goosep@madisonaudubon.org

Led by Mark Martin and Susan Foote-Martin

Header photo by Joshua Mayer

 

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Birding Devil's Lake
Jun
2
6:00 AM06:00

Birding Devil's Lake

  • Devil's Lake State Park (Meet in Middleton to carpool) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

For any concerns or questions, please contact Chuck Heikkinen at (608) 274-4043 or quetzal65@gmail.com

Led by Chuck Heikkinen and Delia Unson

Header photo by Jeff Bryant

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Birding at Baxter's Hollow
May
27
6:30 AM06:30

Birding at Baxter's Hollow

  • Baxter's Hollow (meet in Middleton to carpool) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Baxter’s Hollow is one of the most scenic areas in the Baraboo Hills. We will search for breeding species like the winter wren, worm-eating, mourning, cerulean, and hooded warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, both cuckoos, and any migrants passing through. The trip will depart from the Middleton Park & Ride at 6:30 a.m, or meet at Baxter's Hollow (Stones Pocket Road) at 7:15 a.m.

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

Led by Peter Fissel

Header photo by Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren

 

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Birds and History of the Former Badger Army Ammunition Plant
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Birds and History of the Former Badger Army Ammunition Plant

Come explore the birdlife of the expansive grass- and shrubland of what was once the world’s largest ammunition plant, and now an Important Bird Area. The site is well known for its populations of grassland and shrub-loving birds like bobolink, eastern meadowlark, Bell's vireo, and many sparrow species such as Henslow's, grasshopper, field, and clay-colored. We’ll see management that has been undertaken by the various landowners, and discuss its effects on the breeding birds, as well as the changes that have occurred here since the field trip leader began studying them in 1998.

We’ll meet in the parking area south of the entrance, by the historical museum at 8:00 a.m., then carpool through the area. Note that the roads here are rough. Expect some short walks along roads and easy trails. To carpool, meet at  7:10 a.m. at the Middleton Park & Ride (4340 Parmenter Street, Middleton).

For any concerns or questions, please contact Mike Mossman at (608) 370-1208 or mikemossman@wildblue.net

Led by Mike Mossman

Header photo by Bunny and Norm Lenburg

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Warbler Walk: Cherokee Marsh
May
16
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: Cherokee Marsh

With over two dozen warblers moving in and through Madison this time of year, we always have fun tallying up how many we can find! Join us for an early morning walk to look for colorful warblers and other spring migrants. Co-sponsored with Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Kyle Lindemer at (214) 402-3639 or kyle.lindemer@gmail.com.

Led by Kyle Lindemer and Tim Baker

Header photo by Phil Brown

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Warbler Walk: Elver Park
May
14
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: Elver Park

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

For any questions or concerns, please contact Sam Krerowicz at (262) 496-6071 or krerowiczs01@myemail.northland.edu.

Led by Sam Krerowicz

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

 

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Warbler Walk: Turville Point
May
10
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: Turville Point

With over two dozen warblers moving in and through Madison this time of year, we always have fun tallying up how many we can find! Early orioles or lingering waterfowl are also a possibility.The walk will last about two hours, and will go on unless there is heavy rain or lightning. 

Meet at the south parking lot for Olin-Turville Park (where Olin Ave. meets John Nolen Dr.) at 6:00 a.m.

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

Led by Peter Fissel, Marty Evanson, and Quentin Yoerger

Header photo by Phil Brown

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Warbler Walk: UW Arboretum
May
8
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: UW Arboretum

With over two dozen warblers moving in and through Madison this time of year, we always have fun tallying up how many we can find! Come enjoy the sunrise from the Arboretum and listen to the morning chorus. We will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 6:00am.

For any concerns or questions, please contact Chuck Henrikson at (608) 273-0151 or ckhenrikson@charter.net.

Led by Chuck Henrikson, Kenny Younger, and Shawn Miller

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Explore Faville Grove West
May
6
7:30 AM07:30

Explore Faville Grove West

Buddy’s Prairie features restorations in various stages from a recent planting to a well-developed 20+ year old prairie. There are many habitat features as well: a shallow pond, open water marsh and tamarack bog complex, black oak savanna, and dry-mesic prairie. Join us for a walk as we discuss the site’s history, stages of restorations, bird and plant identification, and more. Parking is located at Buddy’s old farmstead and along Highway 89.

For any concerns or questions, please contact Drew Harry at (262) 210-6409 or faville@madisonaudubon.org.

Led by Drew Harry and David Musolf

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Birding Madison School Forest
May
6
7:00 AM07:00

Birding Madison School Forest

Join us as we walk the trails of this mature hardwood forest, much of which is part of the Olson Oak Woods State Natural Area, looking for a variety of migrating warblers, thrushes, tanagers, orioles, and others.  There will be some up- and downhill hiking, although we will move at a leisurely pace.

Meet at the parking lot at 7:00 a.m. From Hwy 151 south of Verona, take Hwy 69 south for one mile to Riverside Rd. Take Riverside west for two miles to Fritz Rd., then south for 0.9 miles to the parking lot just before the curve in the road. Wear sturdy footwear, and bring water and a snack in case you want to keep birding after the trip, which will last about 2 hours.

Led by Chuck Henrikson (ckhenrikson@charter.net) and Peter Fissel (peter.fissel@wisc.edu, 608-226-0260)

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Evening at Nine Springs
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Evening at Nine Springs

With marsh and pond habitats and frequently good mud flats, this is an interesting and overlooked birding spot to search for shorebirds, herons, cranes, terns, swallows, and waterfowl. Meet at the E-Way parking lot along the Capital City Bike Trail on Moorland Road. Bring a scope if you have one! This trip is co-sponsored by Friends of Capitol Springs Recreation Area.

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

Led by Peter Fissel and Dan Doeppers

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Warbler Walk: Turville Point
May
3
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: Turville Point

With over two dozen warblers moving in and through Madison this time of year, we always have fun tallying up how many we can find! Early orioles or lingering waterfowl are also a possibility. The walk will last about two hours, and will go on unless there is heavy rain or lightning. 

Meet at the south parking lot for Olin-Turville Park (where Olin Ave. meets John Nolen Dr.) at 6:00 a.m.

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

Led by Peter Fissel, Marty Evanson, and Quentin Yoerger

Header photo by Phil Brown

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Warbler Walk: Cherokee Marsh
May
2
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: Cherokee Marsh

With over two dozen warblers moving in and through Madison this time of year, we always have fun tallying up how many we can find! Join us for an early morning walk to look for colorful warblers and other spring migrants. Co-sponsored with Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.

Led by Kyle Lindemer and Tim Baker

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Warbler Walk: UW Arboretum
May
1
6:00 AM06:00

Warbler Walk: UW Arboretum

With over two dozen warblers moving in and through Madison this time of year, we always have fun tallying up how many we can find! Come enjoy the sunrise from the Arboretum and listen to the morning chorus. We will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 6:00am.

Led by Chuck Henrikson, Kenny Younger, and Shawn Miller

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Spring Birds and Wildflowers of  the Baraboo Hills
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Birds and Wildflowers of the Baraboo Hills

  • Devil's Lake State Park (South Shore) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will explore the birds, wildflowers and the Baraboo Hills ecology in action at Devil's Lake SP. We will decide our route the morning of, depending on the weather and phenology: perhaps Messenger Shore and Creek, Burma Road, bluff trails, Red Oak State Natural Area, or Roznos Meadow. We’ll likely find breeding Louisiana waterthrush, winter wren, migrant waterbirds and songbirds, grand geology, and rich displays of wildflowers. Bring water, snack, and appropriate foot-wear for a mile-long hike on rugged terrain.

A Wisconsin State Park sticker is required to park at Devil’s Lake. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Middleton Park & Ride (4340 Parmenter Street, Middleton) to carpool, or meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking area for the boat landing on the southwest shore of Devil’s Lake.

Led by Mike Mossman

Header photo by Joshua Mayer

 

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Birding at Wyalusing State Park
Apr
28
5:00 AM05:00

Birding at Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park overlooks the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. The Mississippi is a major migration route for numerous birds and the rugged bluffs make this breathtaking scenery a beautiful spot for a spring adventure. Observe hawks, warblers (including yellow-throated), lots of other birds, and a few spring wildflowers. Bring a lunch, as this trip will last until mid-afternoon. Carpool from the Verona Park & Ride (2565 Old Co Rd PB) at 5:00 a.m. or meet the group at 7:00 a.m. by the Wyalusing park office.

A Wisconsin State Park sticker is required to enter Wyalusing State Park.

Led by Quentin Yoerger

Header photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Beyond Backyard Birding
Apr
25
7:30 AM07:30

Beyond Backyard Birding

  • UW Arboretum (Meet at the Visitor's Center) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

Note: This trip limited to 20 people - registration is required!. Please contact MAS office (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

Led by Kenny Younger

Header photo by Phil Brown

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