Board meetings are now hybrid!
We meet the first Tuesday of every month except January, April (replaced by our Annual Meeting), and August, from 7:00-9:00pm. Meetings over the summer will be held in Union South (1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715) as well as being hosted over Zoom. Contact email@example.com for the link.
Saturday, November 4
Effigy Mounds on the UW-Madison Campus
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Archaeologist Amy Rosebrough will lead us on a mile or so walk from Observatory Hill to Willow Drive, sharing her knowledge of the history and nature of effigy mounds created a thousand years ago on what is now the UW-Madison cam-pus. The tour will include a stop at the Ho-Chunk Clan Circle sculptures, installed in May, 2023. The coauthor of Indian Mounds of Wisconsin, second ed., Amy Rosebrough is both authoritative and approachable. Meet at the Washburn Observatory, 1401 Observatory Drive. Leader: Amy Rosebrough. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday, November 5
Geologic History of the Preserve and Madison Lakes
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Philip Fauble, geologist with the Department of Natural Resources, will reveal the stories the rocks can tell us, from tropical Paleozoic seas to our current landscape as it was left by glaciers 25,000 years ago. Walk with him from the Lake Mendota shore at Raymer’s Cove up to the vistas in Eagle Heights woods. Carpool to and meet at Raymer’s Cove parking lot, 2900 Lake Mendota Drive. Leader: Philip Fauble (Philip.Fauble@wisconsin.gov).
Sunday, November 26
Fun Fall Birding (FUN)
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Join birders Chuck Henrikson and Paul Noeldner along with other experienced and beginning birders for a free, family-friendly guided bird walk. Enjoy the wonderful variety of migrating birds that visit the lakeshore and large natural areas of the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve. University Bay is an important rest stop for waterfowl during fall migration. We will look for large white tundra swans, beautiful buffleheads, comical chattering coots, diving grebes and mergansers as well as common loons making their wild calls. The Preserve also hosts year-round residents like black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, barred owls, tree sparrows and juncos, moving south to Wisconsin for the season. Meet at the Picnic Point entrance kiosk, 2000 University Bay Drive. Leaders: Chuck Henrikson (email@example.com) and Paul Noeldner (paul_noeldner@ hotmail.com).
Saturday, December 9
Are You There, Insects? It's Me, Winter!
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Have you ever wondered where in-sects are in the cold winter months or how they survive? Join Gigi Melone, graduate student and member of the Insect Ambassador Group, for a talk and scavenger hunt for overwintering insects. We will learn about the clever mechanisms insects use to survive freezing temperatures and how we can engage in insect conservation beyond planting gardens and avoiding pesticides. Meet at room 240 in Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Dr, Madison, WI 53706. Leader: Gigi Melone (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday, December 24
A Holiday Walk: The Friends' Favorite Places (FUN)
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Need a nature break from the festivities? Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner and Friends board members for a family-friendly guided walk on easy hiking paths through the Preserve. Learn about the places they love and hear about Friends’ citizen science and volunteer projects. Meet at the Picnic Point entrance kiosk, 2000 University Bay Drive. Leader: Paul Noeldner. (email@example.com).
• eBird Hotspot Picnic Point - quick link to latest bird sightings in the Preserve.
The Preserve OPEN HOURS are from 4 am to 10 pm
Second Oak: An ode to autumn.
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