Friends Field Trips Spring 2022
NOTE: At this time, field trips are being scheduled as in-person. However, UW policy may change. The Lakeshore Nature Preserve follows UW mandates, and these may require registration to limit numbers, masking, or even rescheduling due to policy decisions. PLEASE CHECK the Friends website for up-to-date information about a field trip you may be interested in. For up-to-date changes in the following guidelines, see https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/.
Jan. 16. Urban Canid Project (Sunday, 1:00–2:30 p.m.)
Have you seen foxes or coyotes in Madison? In the Preserve? Do you wonder where they travel in our area? Learn about the Urban Canid Project which is monitoring these critters; also learn how to track animals in winter. Join David Drake for a tour at the entrance to Picnic Point, 2002 UniversityDrive. Dress warmly! Leader: Dr. David Drake (firstname.lastname@example.org). Board host: Paul Quinlan).
Jan 21. Owl Prowl (Friday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
Enjoy the nighttime woods on an evening tour of the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Carolyn Byers, Madison Audubon’s Director of Education. Great horned and barred owls are regularly seen in the area, but we may get lucky and find screech owls as well! Ms. Byers welcomes beginning birders. Adept at birding by ear, she can accommodate those with impaired vision. Bring flashlights or headlamps, and binoculars if you have them. We will have binoculars for loan. This hike is limited to 20 people and advance registration is required at Owl Prowl. We will begin birding after dusk on Picnic Point and continue our Owl Prowl until 8:00 p.m. Meet at UW Parking Lot 130 (2003 University Bay Drive) across from the entrance to Picnic Point. The Friends co-sponsor this field trip with Madison Audubon Society.
Leader: Carolyn Byers (608-255-2473, email@example.com).
Jan 23. Winter Wonderland - Bird and Nature Adventure (Sunday, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.)
Meet at the Picnic Point entrance kiosk at 2002 University Bay Drive, across from parking lot #130. Leader: Paul Noeldner; Friends host: Anne Pearce
Enjoy a winter walk at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve in January. Join Paul Noeldner for a free, family-friendly, guided walk on easy hiking paths through the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Or take a healthy nature walk on your own any day in January to enjoy some of winter's magic! The trees and trails at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve are as beautiful as a picture postcard under a blanket of white snow. Stop to reflect on the small, surprising beauty of green moss peeping out from a log or rock. Look for amazing frozen ice sculptures along the shoreline. Listen for cheery winter birds. Watch for animal tracks and try to guess what they are doing. This hike is co-sponsored by the Friends of Urban Nature and the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
We suggest you bring binoculars and a camera to capture the beauty of the Preserve. No registration required. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on these trips.
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.
Field trip coordinator: Signe Holtz
Bird and Nature Outings
Free, family-friendly walks on the 4thSunday of the month. Bring your binoculars and camera. Meet at the Picnic Point entrance next to the kiosk (2004 University Bay Drive). Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Friends of Urban Nature, and Madison Audubon Society. Meet at the Picnic Point Kiosk, across from UW Lot 130. Contact Paul Noeldner (608-698‑0104).
Fall 2021 Field Trips