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
October 8 Habitat Diversity in the Preserve (Sunday, 1:30– 3:30 p.m.) On a mid-fall day, join Paul Quinlan,Conservation Resource Supervisor for Madison Parks, on a hike to explore the diversity of habitats in the Preserve. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Leader: Paul Quinlan, 267-4918 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
October 13 The Night Sky in the Preserve (Friday, 7:00– 9:00 p.m.). Weather permitting, join the staff of the University of Wisconsin Space Place in viewing the autumn sky from the Preserve. Enjoy a brief introduction about the stars and planets and take a closer look by telescope. Meet at UW parking lot 131 at the intersection of University Bay Drive and Lake Mendota Drive. Leader: Jim Lattis, 262-4779 (email@example.com).
October 22 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday,1:30–3:00 p.m.) with Ryan Treves
Fall Birds of the Preserve! Bird lovers, students, families and kids will enjoy a nature outing with Wisconsin Young Birder Ryan Treves. Ryan will help you explore trails in the Preserve to discover some of the 248 bird species that make tit heir home or stop for rest and food during migration. Family friendly. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Contact 608-698-0104
November 26 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) with Fil Sanna
2002 University Bay Drive, Picnic Point parking lot
A Trip Back in Time! This is a special opportunity to join NOLS National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Fil Sanna for a fascinating outing along Lakeshore paths that will take you back in time through geological history down to the present. With your steps representing eons in history, Fil will stop along the way to share fun facts about what the earth was like at that time and how the Lakeshore Preserve we enjoy came to be. Family friendly. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Contact 608-698-0104
December 9 Birding Madison’s Lakes (Saturday, 7:30– 11:00 a.m.) As winter sets in,
smaller ponds and lakes in southcentral 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, including red-throated loons, so don’t miss it! Dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one. Meet at the middle of UW parking lot 60 at the north end of Walnut Street. Cosponsored by Madison Audubon. Leader: Quentin Yoerger, 255-2473 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
December 24 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). See box.
January 7 Animal Tracking in the Preserve (Sunday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Join UW wildlife specialist and professor David Drake on a winter day as he shows how to track foxes, coyotes, and other denizens of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Leader: David Drake, 890-0445 (email@example.com).
January 28 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday,1:30–3:00 p.m.).
February 3 The Eyes Have It (Saturday, 1:30– 3:00 p.m.). Dick Dubielzig, emeritus professor of Veterinary Pathology, will talk about visual adaptations by different animals to their varied environments, and demonstrate examples from the Comparative Ocular Pathology Lab. This event
is limited to the first 20 registrants. Park in UW lot 62 and enter the School of Veterinary Medicine
through the 2015 Linden Drive entrance. Contact: Dick Dubielzig, firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 25 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).
March 25 Birding and Nature Walk (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)