Sep 8 Insects In the Preserve (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Entomologist Tom Morgan will bring insects and booklets to introduce the walk. We’ll look for insects along trails in the woods and the Biocore Prairie. We hope to see dragonflies hawking for prey, soldier beetles & longhorned beetles on flower blossoms, and insect galls or emergence holes from seed pods. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Tom Morgan (785-410-5825,firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sep 15 Eagle Heights Gardens: a hotbed for student-led teaching, research and outreach (Sun, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.). Learn from Tom Bryan about the GreenHouse Learning Community program he coordinates, and student research into sustainable agriculture on the FH King and CALS lands. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader:Tom Bryan and friends(608-738-5733, email@example.com).
Sep 22 Bird and Nature Outing: Walk like a Crane (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Join International Crane Foundation staff as we explore the importance of crane conservation through a wetland walk. What does our world look like from the viewpoint of a Sandhill Crane? Leaders: Alex Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org and AJ Binney. See box.
Oct 6 Tree Diversity in the Preserve (Sun, 1:00—3:00 p.m.). Join Paul Quinlan, Conservation Resource Supervisor for Madison Parks, on a hike to explore the diversity of our trees and their habitats and to enjoy the beautiful colors of their foliage. Meet at the Picnic Point entrance. Leader: Paul Quinlan(608-267-4918, email@example.com).
Oct 13 Mushrooms and other Fungi of the Preserve (Sun, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.). Led by mycologist Marie Trest, we will look for mushrooms and examples of fungi that are pathogens, ones that play a role in decomposition and recycling, and ones that form mutually beneficial partnerships with plants and algae. Meet at the entrance of Picnic Point. Leader: Marie Trest (608-262-7475, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct 20 Class of 1918 Marsh—Problems and Solutions (Sun, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Tracy Hames, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will share his observations on the remarkable diversity still present in the Class of 1918 Marsh, its physical and biological challenges, and potential strategies for restoration and care. Meet at the entrance to the Marsh from Parking Lot 130 (2003 University Bay Dr). Leader Tracy Hames(608-250-9971,email@example.com).
Oct 27 Bird and Nature Outing: Owl Prowl (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Walk through the Preserve to look for Barred Owls that hunt during the day while Great Horned Owls are asleep in large conifers. From dissected pellets, see evidence of what owls eat. Leader: Chuck Henrikson. See box.
Nov 10 Geologic History of the Preserve and Madison Lakes (Sun, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Back by popular demand, Geologist Dave Mickelson will picture for us the glaciers that were here 25,000 years ago and their effects on the landscape. Walk with him from the Lake Mendota shore at Raymer’s Cove up to the vistas in Eagle Heights Woods. Meet at Raymer’s Cove parking lot, 2900 Lake Mendota Drive. Leader: David Mickelson(608-262-7862, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov 24 Bird and Nature Outing (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Leader: Dane Gallagher (email@example.com).See box.
Dec 7 Birding Madison Lakes (Sat, 7:30–11:00 a.m.). As the smaller ponds and lakes in south-central Wisconsin freeze, migrating birds become concentrated on Madison’s large lakes, which remain open longer. We will look for waterfowl, gulls, winter birds, and tundra swans! Dress warmly. Meet at the UW Parking Lot 60, 800 Walnut Street. From there, we’ll drive around Lakes Mendota and Monona. Leader: Quentin Yoerger (608-449-5261, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dec 22 Bird and Nature Outing: Sentimental Journey (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Celebrate the (day after) Winter Solstice and share memories of Picnic Point on this walk with The Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Tundra swans will be afloat in University Bay. Leaders: Doris Dubielzig and Paul Noeldner.
Jan 11 Climate Change in the Preserve (Sat, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).Climate change affects our everyday lives. From warming trout streams to decreasing snow pack, changing lake levels and extreme weather, the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI, https://www.wicci.wisc.edu) helps people understand how climate change is affecting Wisconsin. One of the ways WICCI does this is through telling stories. Join Prof. Dan Vimont as he tells the “stories” of the Preserve. Meet at the Picnic Point entrance. Leader:
Dan Vimont(608-263-3420, email@example.com).
Jan 26 Bird and Nature Outing: Green Dorm and Greenhouse tour (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).Tom Bryan will lead us along the Lakeshore Path to the LEED Gold-certified Leopold Residence Hall. See the efficiency and sustainability features of this building, which houses the GreenHouse Learning Community and a 1000 sq. ft. rooftop greenhouse. Leader: Tom Bryan.See box.
Feb 23 Bird and Nature Outing (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). See box.
Feb/Mar weekday evening. It’s in Our Nature Open Mic Night.Bring your original nature-inspired poetry, prose, or a song to share, or listen with your friends. See the website for more details. Coordinator: Olympia Mathiaparanam (920-809-4248, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mar 22 Bird and Nature Outing (Sun, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). See box.
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: Doris Dubielzig
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. Contact Paul Noeldner (608-698‑0104).
Fall/Winter 2019/20 Field Trips