March 26–Birding and Nature Walk with Ryan Treves (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Water birds. Help celebrate World Water Day with a family friendly walk at the beautiful Lakeshore Nature Preserve on Lake Mendota,the most researched body of water in the world. Join Wisconsin Young Birder Ryan Treves to look for water birds on the lake and returning birds, woodland flowers, fresh buds on trees, and other signs of spring in the Preserve. Along the way we will learn about how people can help keep the lakes clean for the birds and wildlife that we all enjoy. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot at 2002 University Bay Drive. Contact, 698-0104, email@example.com.
April 2–Exploration Stations at Picnic Point, UW Science Spectacular (Sunday, 2:00–3:30 p.m.) Learn the natural and cultural history of Picnic Point with the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Gather at the entrance to Picnic Point. Friendly guides will direct visitors to four different stations in the Preserve where: Emeritus Geology Professor Dave Mickelson will help visitors identify the rocks in the stonewall, anthropologist Paul Borowsky will talk about the effigy mounds and the native people who created them, UW Arboretum guide Diane Dempsey will help visitors identify trees, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center naturalist Sue Denholm will frames and provide binoculars to spot birds and explore the spring sky and across the lake at a viewing station. Children can engage in related activities at each station. Contact Doris Dubielzig, firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Science Expeditions, see http://www.science.wisc.edu/events-science-expeditions.htm
April 20 Beyond Backyard Birding (Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m.) These evening trips are 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, as we visit both prairie and woodland habitat. We may even hear some owls as dusk falls. Meet at Picnic Point parking lot. This trip is limited to 20 people—registration is required! Please contact Carolyn to reserve your spot. Leaders: Carolyn and BJ Byers, email@example.com
April 23 Birding and Nature Walk with Ryan Treves (Sunday, 1:30-3:00 p.m.) Spring Birds Bonanza Join Wisconsin Young Birder Ryan Treves to look for and learn about the colorful Warblers and other migrating birds and waterfowl that come to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on Lake Mendota on their way north. This biodiverse ecosystem provides a safe rest stop with important native food sources. We will also look for beautiful spring wildflowers, nesting birds, and other phenology taking place within the Preserve. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot at 2002 University Bay Drive. Contact, 698-0104, firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28 Beyond Backyard Birding (Friday 6:00-9:00 p.m.) See April 20 listing for details.
April 30 Frautschi Point Spring Wildflower Walk (Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-noon) Explore Frautschi Point and adjacent areas for spring ephemerals and other tender new growth. Identify wood phlox, violet, bloodroot, and more. This is a family-friendly hike. Meet at Frautschi Point parking lot. Leader: Glenda Denniston, 231-1530, email@example.com
May 2,3 Wildlife Action Photography Workshop (Tuesday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:30– 8:30 a.m.) Expert nature photographer Arlene Koziol puts on an outdoor workshop to help you get started with the basics of wildlife action photography. This is a two-part class and you must attend both sessions. The group will meet at Vilas Zoo entrance (picnic tables) on Tuesday and at the Willow Creek Bridge on Wednesday. Registration is limited to 6 people and a good-quality camera is necessary. Please contact Arlene to reserve your place and for more details. Leader: Arlene Koziol, 847‑525‑4405, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 10 Warblers of Frautschi Point (Wednesday, 7:30–9:30 a.m.). We will focus on seeing warblers through the leafy foliage and will look for other spring migrants. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Meet at the Frautschi Point parking lot on Lake Mendota Drive. Leader: Roma Lenehan, 238-5406, email@example.com
May 28 Birding and Nature Walk with Chuck Henrikson (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Secrets of Birds. Chuck teaches about birds at the UW and enjoys taking families and kids on outings. Chuck will help you find some of the different types of birds in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve from Flycatchers to Kingfishers and share some of his knowledge about how feathers work, what bird bones weigh, why beaks are shaped the way they are, and other fascinating details. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot at 2002 University Bay Drive. Contact, 698-0104, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13 Lake Mendota Boat Trip (Tuesday, 9:00–11:30 a.m.; weather date: Thursday, June 15) Learn about Lake Mendota and the shoreline of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve from a different perspective aboard LIMNOS, the research vessel operated by the UW Center for Limnology. Group size is limited to 12. Please contact John to reserve your place. Meet at Hasler Limnology Laboratory one block west of Memorial Union. Leader: John Magnuson, email@example.com
June 25 Birding and Nature Walk with Alex Jeffers (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Hidden Gems of the Preserve. Naturalist Alex Jeffers will lead a family and kid friendly tour on easy hiking paths to discover some of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve's hidden treasures that visitors to Picnic Point often miss such as Bills Woods, Eagle Heights Gardens, the Biocore Prairie, Frautschi Point, and the beautiful Lake Mendota beach shoreline path.Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot at 2002 University Bay Drive. Contact, 698-0104, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 8 Restoration Ecology in the Eagle Heights Woods (Saturday, 9:00–11:00 a.m.) Get a behind-the-scenes look at efforts to restore the biological health of this oak forest and woodlands. This project has been funded by the Friends. Park along Wood Lane and meet at the Shady Lane trailhead. Leader: Adam Gundlach, 220-3482, email@example.com
July 16 Native Pollinators in the Preserve (Sunday, 9:00–11:00 a.m.) Join us in searching for bees and other pollinators in the Preserve while learning about diversity, lifestyles, and the importance of these wonderful insects. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot. Leader: Susan Carpenter, 886-7504, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 23 Birding and Nature Walk with Alex Jeffers (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Midsummer Dreaming! Join Naturalist Alex Jeffers on a free, family friendly walk to explore the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, one of the most beautiful natural areas in Madison. We will look for the bright colors of Orioles and other Wisconsin birds in the woodlands, prairies, and lakeshore that are feeding new babies on the insects that live in the lush summer growth of native plants, flowers, seeds and berries. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot at 2002 University Bay Drive. Contact, 698-0104, email@example.com.
August 5 Pretty Things with Wings (Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–noon). Join in a search for butterflies, dragonflies, and an occasional bird. Bring your binoculars. Co-sponsored with the Madison Audubon Society and the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot. Leader: Edgar Spalding, 265-5294, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 27 Birding and Nature Walk with Sean Gere (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).
September 24 Birding and Nature Walk with Sean Gere (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).
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)