September 3 End of Summer Bird Walk (Sunday, 7:30– 9:30 a.m.). We will look for early fall migrants, including “confusing fall warblers”, vireos, flycatchers, and others. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Meet at the UW parking lot at Frautschi Point entrance on Lake Mendota Drive. Leader: Roma Lenehan, 238‑5406 (email@example.com).
September 10 Geologic History of the Preserve and Madison Lakes (Sunday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Consider the glaciers that were here 25,000 years ago as David Mickelson, professor emeritus of Geoscience, talks about geology on a walk to Picnic Point entrance. Meet at Chamberlin Rock, next to Washburn Observatory, 1401 Observatory Drive. Park on the street, at UW parking lot 26 behind the Soils Building, lot 34 at Tripp Hall, or at Picnic Point (lot 129) and walk up. Leader: David Mickelson, 262-7863 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
September 17 Trees of the Preserve (Sunday,1:00– 3:00 p.m.). An early seasonal hike reveals the amazing variety of trees and their brilliant colors.Enjoy a day in the woods with Glen Stanosz, professor of forest and wildlife ecology, identifying and learning about the trees as they prepare for winter. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Leader: Glen Stanosz, 265-2863 (email@example.com).
September 24 Birding and Nature Walk with Sean Gere and Will Waller (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Pruning Trees and Orchards! Enjoy a family friendly nature outing led by Tree expert Sean Gere and Eagle Heights Gardens manager Will Waller. Learn how Wisconsin’s native trees and shrubs grow and how to prune them, and how to prune hedgerows of fruit trees that provide habitat and food for birds and other creatures. Along the way you will see the Biocore Prairie in full bloom and the woodlands and lakeshore at their most beautiful!. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance.. Contact 608-698-0104
Free public field trips are one of the most valuable contributions the Friends make to the Preserve. They have been organized every spring and fall for over 10 years on various topics and are all led by Friends volunteers. Many are professional naturalists and emeritus faculty and staff. The Friends also partner with other environmental organizations for field trips.
Bird and Nature Walks 1:30-3:00 pm-
Every 4th Sunday of the month
These informal outings welcome students, families and kids. Discover the gentle paths that wind through prairies, woods, and wetlands. Enjoy vistas along the Lake Mendota shoreline and Picnic Point. Walk leaders and participants share their knowledge about the birds, animals and plants along the way. Meet at the Picnic Point Parking Lot. Cordinator: Paul Noeldner (608-698-0104)