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Grassland Ecology Tour
Jul
31
9:30 AM09:30

Grassland Ecology Tour

Grasslands result from a combination of frequent drought, browsing by herbivores, and fire. Due to their high agricultural value, almost all of the original prairie has been converted to row crop with less than 0.1% remaining. Learn how to maintain grassland systems, their benefits to wildlife, and how to help from your own back yard.

The tour will meander through some of Goose Pond's finest prairie restorations. Blooms of all colors will be present including wild bergamot (pink), butterflyweed (orange), wild quinine (white), and dozens more.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Wednesday, August 7

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Mark Martin (608-333-9645, goosep@madisonaudubon.org) and Graham Steinhauer

 

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Wild Bumble Bee Walk
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Bumble Bee Walk

Bumble bees pollinate several major crops and many plants that other animals rely on for fruit, flowers, and seeds. In light of evidence that some native bumble bee species are threatened, we must monitor their populations and preserve the habitats where they thrive. Come discover the ecology of these tiny superheroes, catch up on current bee research, and learn how you can plug in to national conservation efforts. We will peek inside an old bee nest and practice ID skills before heading to the prairie for a guided observation walk. Sun protection, bug spray, water, and a camera are recommended.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 4

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 25 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Taylor Tai (678-920-1995, bundietai@gmail.com ) and Graham Steinhauer

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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A Swift Night Out
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

A Swift Night Out

At summer's end, hundreds of chimney swifts use the brick chimney at Cherokee Heights Middle School for their nightly roost as they prepare for migration. "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.

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

RAIN DATE: Saturday, August 31

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Minimal walking required

  • Accessible by public transportation

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 mile

RSVP REQUIRED? No

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Sandy Schwab (608-658-4139, sschwab49@gmail.com)

Header photo by Steve Benoit

 
Thank you to Wisconsin Public Radio for its support

Thank you to Wisconsin Public Radio for its support

 
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Pleasant Valley Conservancy Labor Day Hike
Sep
2
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

We’re sorry, portions of this trip involve steep terrain and require full mobility to participate.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Tom and Kathie Brock (608-238-5050, kmbrock@charter.net)

Header photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Birding at Zeloski Marsh
Sep
15
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.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 2

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Brad Webb (920-261-0326 )

Header photo by WisconsinKaasKop

 

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Fall Prairies in Faville Grove
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Prairies in 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.

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

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Sunday, Sept. 29

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Drew Harry (faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409), Roger Packard, and David Musolf

Header photo by Jeff Pieterick

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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.

RAIN DATE: Thursday, October 10

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Kristin Brunk (317-997-2806, kbrunk@wisc.edu) and Jenn Schneiderman

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Natural History & Ecology at Leopold's Shack
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Natural History & Ecology at Leopold's Shack

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation & The Shack (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come visit the green-built Aldo Leopold Foundation building, as well as Leopold’s Shack, made famous in his book The Sand County Almanac. We will have a guided tour with Leopold Foundation staff and will be looking for early fall colors, late-blooming plants, and listening for birds along the way.

Bring your binoculars, clothing appropriate for being outdoors and indoors, bug spray and sunscreen if you wish, and a bag lunch.

Those who wish to carpool should meet at Waunakee Middle School (1001 South St, Waunakee) at 9:00am.

A $10 donation to the Aldo Leopold Foundation is required for this trip.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, October 13

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 mile

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Led by Aldo Leopold Foundation guides. Coordinated by Levi Wood & Matt Reetz (phone 608-886-2785).

Photo by Al, Flickr Creative Commons

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Fall Colors and Birds in Hemlock Draw
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Colors and Birds in Hemlock Draw

  • WSO Honey Creek Nature Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 7:45 am at the Parmenter St. Park & Ride in Middleton

RAIN DATE: Saturday, October 26

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

We’re sorry, portions of this trip are on steep terrain and require full mobility to participate.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Levi Wood (608-277-7959, woodlevi@aol.com)

Header photo by Ben Hancock

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Scopes on Goose Pond
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Scopes on Goose Pond

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 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.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, October 27

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 mile

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Mark Martin (608-333-9645, goosep@madisonaudubon.org) and Graham Steinhauer

Madison Audubon photo

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Lake Michigan Birding
Nov
3
6:30 AM06:30

Lake Michigan Birding

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

Remember to turn back your clocks for Daylight Savings! We will leave at 6:30 a.m. (or what used to be known as 7:30 a.m.)

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.

If you live east of Madison and want to join the group in Milwaukee or along the way, please contact Peter Fissel (contact info below).

RAIN DATE: Saturday, November 9

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 mile

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu)

Header photo by USFWS Midwest

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Birding Madison's Lakes
Dec
7
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! Co-sponsored by Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, December 8

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 mile

RSVP REQUIRED? No

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Quentin Yoerger (608-449-5261, harrierqman@gmail.com)

Photo by Madison Audubon Society

 

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New Year's Sunrise at Faville Grove
Jan
1
6:55 AM06:55

New Year's Sunrise at Faville Grove

  • Buddy’s Place at Faville Grove Sanctuary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There is simply no better way to start the New Year. We will enjoy the pre-dawn light as we meander through the prairie, arriving at the marsh overlook by 7:25 a.m. to see the sun rise over the Faville Marsh. We will spend the early morning exploring the winter marsh and surrounding uplands.

If there is good snow and you have snowshoes, bring them along. Otherwise, sturdy boots for uneven terrain will do. 

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Drew Harry (faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409), Roger Packard, and David Musolf

Cover photo by Drew Harry

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Evening at Rettenmund Prairie
Jul
10
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

We’re sorry, this trip involves steep terrain and requires full mobility to participate.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? No

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Tom and Kathie Brock (608-238-5050, kmbrock@charter.net)

Header photo by Madison Audubon Society

 

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Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh
Jun
22
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 is a joint trip of MAS, the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Held during National Pollinator Week!

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

We’re sorry, this field trip requires full mobility to participate.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 mile

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Jan Axelson, Peter Fissel, Karl and Dorothy Legler (608-228-0743, karlndot@charter.net)

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Butterflies and Wildflowers of Pleasant Valley
Jun
15
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. We hope to see beautiful Baltimore Checkerspots, and other wetland butterflies nectaring on wonderful native plants.

Long pants, a hat, water, and hiking shoes are recommended. Bring binoculars—the closer they focus, the better! (We have a few extra binoculars.) This is a joint trip of MAS with the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and The Prairie Enthusiasts.

DIRECTIONS: (4554 Pleasant Valley Road, Black Earth) Heading south into downtown Black Earth follow County Hwy F as it turns right (west). After a mile or so, F turns left (south). Continue on F for another 3 3/4 miles turning left onto Pleasant Valley Road. Drive 3/4 mile and park at the state natural area sign.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

Sorry, this trip is on steep terrain and requires full mobility to participate.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? No

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Douglas Buege, Tom and Kathy Brock (608-238-5050, kmbrock@charter.net)

Photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Grassland Birds
Jun
9
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, the trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs (there are no trails, but the area is flat)

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? No

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Curt Caslavka (608-836-1865, caslavka@wisc.edu) and Mike McDowell

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Rocky Run Oak Savanna SNA
Jun
5
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. Wear closed shoes and long pants — there will be plenty of poison ivy!

RAIN DATE: Thursday, June 6

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

We apologize, this field trip is not accessible to those with disabilities

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 16 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Mark Martin (608-333-9645 or goosep@madisonaudubon.org) and Graham Steinhauer

Header photo by Joshua Mayer

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RESCHEDULED: Birding at Baxter's Hollow
Jun
2
6:30 AM06:30

RESCHEDULED: Birding at Baxter's Hollow

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

This field trip is was originally scheduled for May 19 but was postponed due to weather.

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.

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • Mostly on paved road, but the terrain is steep in sections

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? No

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel, (608) 226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu

Header photo by Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren

 

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Warbler Walk: Cherokee Marsh
May
15
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.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Friday, May 17

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADERS: Kyle Lindemer and Timothy Baker (608-792-0973, timothybaker1978@gmail.com)

Header photo by Phil Brown

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Warbler Walk: UW Arboretum
May
14
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Chuck Henrikson at (608-273-0151, ckhenrikson@charter.net), Shawn Miller, Pat Ready, and Paul Bannas

Header photo by Cynthia Bridge

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Warbler Walk: Turville Point
May
9
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if poor weather, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? No.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu), Quentin Yoerger, Marty Evanson

Header photo by David Rihn

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Warbler Walk: Cherokee Marsh
May
8
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.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Friday, May 10

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • The first part of the walk is cleared, level trail; those with difficulty climbing uphill trails may need to skip the second half of the walk

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADERS: Kyle Lindemer and Timothy Baker (608-792-0973, timothybaker1978@gmail.com)

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Warbler Walk: UW Arboretum
May
7
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Chuck Henrikson at (608-273-0151, ckhenrikson@charter.net), Shawn Miller, Pat Ready, and Paul Bannas

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Habitats Galore in Faville Grove West
May
5
7:30 AM07:30

Habitats Galore in 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.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Sunday, May 12

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Drew Harry (faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409), Roger Packard, and David Musolf

Madison Audubon photo

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Birding Madison School Forest
May
5
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu) and Chuck Henrikson

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Spring in the Baraboo Hills: Pan Hollow
May
4
8:30 AM08:30

Spring in the Baraboo Hills: Pan Hollow

  • Denzer United Methodist Church parking lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Another in this series of annual spring field trips to the Baraboo Hills, this one features a long, shallow stream gorge in the heart of a large forested block, rarely visited by the public. We can expect Louisiana Waterthrushes, the usual early forest migrants, spring ephemerals, and a wildness characteristic of this unique landform. We'll be off-trail so bring sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. The ground may be damp.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, May 5

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Mike Mossman, 608-370-1208, mikemossman@wildblue.net

Cover photo by Joshua Mayer

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Birding at Wyalusing State Park
May
4
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.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, May 5

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Quentin Yoerger, 608-449-5261 harrierqman@gmail.com

Header photo by Madison Audubon Society

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Evening at Nine Springs
May
3
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.

RAIN DATE: Friday, May 10

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu)

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Warbler Walk: Turville Point
May
2
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.

RAIN DATE: None (if poor weather, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? No.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu), Quentin Yoerger, Marty Evanson

Header photo by Phil Brown

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RESCHEDULED: Woodcock and Snipe Walk
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

RESCHEDULED: Woodcock and Snipe Walk

THIS FIELD TRIP IS RESCHEDULED due to weather for April 24. Hope to see you then!

Meet at the kiosk along Prairie Lane for an evening spent enjoying delightful spring displays of woodcock and snipe. Be prepared to be dazzled by the woodcock’s flight, and to learn about the natural history of one of Aldo Leopold’s favorite birds. Binoculars are recommended.

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Drew Harry (faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409), Roger Packard, and David Musolf

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Beyond Backyard Birding
Apr
23
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, 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.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Thursday, April 25

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • Accessible by public transportation

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Alex Jeffers, 330-931-6321, AlexJeffers@gmail.com

 

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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RESCHEDULED: Evening at Cherokee Marsh
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

RESCHEDULED: Evening at Cherokee Marsh

THIS FIELD TRIP IS RESCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 19 (THE RAIN DATE FOR THE RAIN DATE) — SAME TIME, SAME PLACE. WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

Join us for an evening at Cherokee Marsh! We are likely to see cranes, observe the courtship flight of woodcock and snipe, and see several spring migrants. Waterproof footwear is recommended. This trip is co-sponsored by Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number/type of trail impediments are appropriate for those with difficulty walking or those wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADERS: Peter Fissel (608-226-0260, peter.fissel@wisc.edu) and Patrick Ready

Cover photo by Arlene Koziol

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Beyond Backyard Birding
Apr
16
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, 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.

 RAIN/SNOW DATE: Thursday, April 18

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and #/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • Accessible by public transportation

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Brenna (bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Alex Jeffers, 330-931-6321, AlexJeffers@gmail.com

 

Header photo by Kelly Colgan Azar

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Spring Migrants at Lake Farm County Park
Apr
6
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Migrants at Lake Farm County Park

This field trip focuses on birding the Lake Farm County Park area and nearby open water. Lake Waubesa and Upper Mud Lake should have a variety of ducks. On the trails we may find yellow-rumped warblers, phoebes, thrushes, and a variety of sparrows. We will walk part of the new Capital City Trail and check Lake Waubesa and Upper Mud Lake for ducks, loons, and other birds. Bring a scope for viewing the lake, if possible.

Meet at the No.1 shelter parking lot. Take South Town Rd. south from the Beltline to Moorland Rd. and turn left. Continue to Libby Rd. and turn left again. The shelter lot is a few blocks up on your left.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Saturday, April 13

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Pat Ready, 608-239-0791, birdsready@gmail.com

Header photo by Phil Brown

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Early Spring Migrants at Mud Lake
Mar
10
8:00 AM08:00

Early Spring Migrants at Mud Lake

NOTE: This field trip starts at 7:00 a.m. (not 8:00 a.m. as it is listed). Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings!

Mud Lake is usually the first body of water to thaw in our area, so it attracts good concentrations of spring migrating waterfowl. We will meet at 7 a.m. at the south end of Lewis Lane in McFarland. Bring a scope if you have one.

We will walk on mud paths on fairly level ground, but they can be icy or muddy depending on temps over night.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Saturday, April 13

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 0-1 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Pat Ready, 608-239-0791, birdsready@gmail.com

Header photo by Madison Audubon

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Mid-Winter Snowshoe at Faville Grove
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Mid-Winter Snowshoe at Faville Grove

Bring your snowshoes and join us for an excursion through the recessional glacial terrain at Faville Grove Sanctuary. We will explore a diversity of habitats including woodland, savanna, prairie, and wetland as we search for animal tracks and enjoy the landscape. In the event that there is insufficient snow cover for snowshoes, come prepared for an interesting hike.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Sunday, February 17

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 3+ miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Drew Harry (faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409), Roger Packard, and David Musolf

Header photo by Jeff McDonald

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Evening Owl Prowl: CANCELED for Fri Feb 9 and 10
Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

Evening Owl Prowl: CANCELED for Fri Feb 9 and 10

This trip has been canceled due to icy trail conditions and cold weather. The rain date for Sunday has also been canceled. Stay safe and warm!

We’re sorry, this field trip is full!

Enjoy the nighttime woods on this evening Owl Prowl at Picnic Point. Meet at Lot 129 at the entrance to Picnic Point, and bring a headlamp or flashlight if you like. We will begin birding as dusk falls, and continue our Owl Prowl until 9:00 p.m. Great horned and barred owls are regularly seen in this area, and we may get lucky and find screech owls as well! We will have binoculars for loan.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Sunday, February 10

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • Accessible by public transportation

  • The first half of the trip is wheelchair accessible: wide, paved paths. The second half progresses on to grassy paths and some narrower paths.

  • We move at a very slow pace

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED: YES. This trip limited to 20 people, and is at capactiy. Please contact Carolyn  (carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to get on the waiting list.

Cover photo by Phil Brown

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Evening Owl Prowl: CANCELED for Friday, February 8
Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

Evening Owl Prowl: CANCELED for Friday, February 8

This trip is canceled due to ice and cold.

We’re sorry, this field trip is full!

Enjoy the nighttime woods on this evening Owl Prowl at Picnic Point. Meet at Lot 129 at the entrance to Picnic Point, and bring a headlamp or flashlight if you like. We will begin birding as dusk falls, and continue our Owl Prowl until 9:00 p.m. Great horned and barred owls are regularly seen in this area, and we may get lucky and find screech owls as well! We will have binoculars for loan.

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Friday, February 8

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Trail grade and number/type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • Accessible by public transportation

  • The first half of the trip is wheelchair accessible: wide, paved paths. The second half progresses on to grassy paths and some narrower paths.

  • We move at a very slow pace

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED: YES. This trip limited to 20 people, and is at capacity. Please contact Carolyn  (carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to get on the waiting list.

Cover photo by Phil Brown

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Explore Our Winter World
Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Explore Our Winter World

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

Come enjoy our beautiful winter world and look for signs of animals that are active. Learn to identify the tracks of common Wisconsin animals including white tailed deer, coyote, fox, squirrel, rabbit, and turkey. Also learn to identify woodpecker holes and other bird signs. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars that you may borrow during this trip.

While the trail will be easy hiking, it may be icy due to the date! This trip is family friendly: my husband and toddler will be joining!

RAIN/SNOW DATE: Sunday, January 20

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Minimal walking required

  • Trail grade and number or type of trail impediments are ok for those with difficulty walking or wearing children in packs

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

  • Accessible by public transportation

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? YES. This trip limited to 20 people. Please contact Carolyn  (carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org or 608-255-2473) to reserve your spot.

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Carolyn Byers, 608-255-2473, carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org

Cover photo by Richard Hurd

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New Year's Sunrise at Faville Grove
Jan
1
6:55 AM06:55

New Year's Sunrise at Faville Grove

  • Buddy’s Place at Faville Grove Sanctuary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There is simply no better way to start the New Year. We will enjoy the pre-dawn light as we meander through the prairie, arriving at the marsh overlook by 7:25 a.m. to see the sun rise over the Faville Marsh. We will spend the early morning exploring the winter marsh and surrounding uplands.

If there is good snow and you have snowshoes, bring them along. Otherwise, sturdy boots for uneven terrain will do. 

RAIN/SNOW DATE: None (if weather is poor, trip is cancelled)

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES:

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and can accommodate those with visual impairments

APPROXIMATE DISTANCE FOR WALKING: 1-3 miles

RSVP REQUIRED? NO

FIELD TRIP LEADER: Drew Harry (faville@madisonaudubon.org or 262-210-6409), Roger Packard, and David Musolf

Cover photo by Drew Harry

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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!

You are not required to register for this field trip. As of Thursday (11/29/18), the forecast calls for rain. We will still go out in light rain but will cancel if icy. Check back on this page or our Facebook site for updates.

Led by Quentin Yoerger

Photo by Madison Audubon Society

 

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RESCHEDULED: Lake Michigan Birding
Nov
10
6:30 AM06:30

RESCHEDULED: Lake Michigan Birding

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

This field trip was originally scheduled for Nov. 4 but rescheduled due to weather. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 10 instead!

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, 608-449-5261 or harrierqman@gmail.com

Header photo by USFWS Midwest

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