March 24 4th Sunday Bird and Nature Outing (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).
"Learning to Bird" with Paul Noelder. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at the Picnic Point entrance
April 7. Destination for Exploration at Picnic Point (Sunday, 2:00–3:30 p.m.) Learn the natural and cultural history of Picnic Point with the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Stop at our five exploration stations along Picnic Point to learn from experts about rocks and fossils, trees, and effigy mounds; make seed balls to attract butterflies; and try out binoculars and a spotting scope. We’ll have activities for children at each station. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Coordinator: Doris Dubielzig (239-4196, email@example.com).
April 16. Beyond Backyard Birding (Tuesday, 7:30–9:30 a.m.). This trip is especially for backyard birders looking to improve their skills! Come to have your bird questions answered and get help identifying those small streaky brown birds and other early spring migrants. The walk will be on even trails at a leisurely pace so bring the whole family! We will have binoculars for loan. This trip is limited to 20 people—registration is required! Register with the Madison Audubon office (255-2473, firstname.lastname@example.org). Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Alex Jeffers (330-931-6321, AlexJeffers@gmail.com).
April 28. Bird and Nature Outing: Bill’s Woods Spring Wildflowers (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Explore the restoration area at Bill’s Woods—the first Friends project, started in 2001. We will look for spring ephemerals and other tender new growth poking up in the Preserve. Learn how to identify wood phlox, violet, bloodroot, Jacob’s ladder, wild strawberry, and other wildflowers. This is a family-friendly hike. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Glenda Denniston (231-1530, email@example.com).
May 15. Warblers of Frautschi Point (Wednesday, 7:30–9:30 a.m.). We will focus on seeing warblers and other spring migrants through foliage. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org).
May 19. Groundswell: Annual Bird Walk (Sunday, 8:30–10:30 a.m.).
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. This field trip is filled.
Join us for a walk in the Preserve with birder Marty Evanson. Hear how a group of citizens created a groundswell of community support and saved the 3.4-acre Wally Bauman Woods on the bluffs of Lake Mendota. We will look for different species of warblers and other migrants. This is a free public event, but registration is required. Use form to register: https://groundswellwisconsin.org/page.asp?page=2019birdwalk. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point.
May 26 Bird and Nature Outing (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Join the Board of the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on a friendly and informative walk that will take you to their favorite places in the Preserve.
June 8. First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour (Saturday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Join Aaron Bird Bear for a walking tour of American Indian landmarks on the UW–Madison campus. Starting at Memorial Union, we will walk about a mile to Dejope Residence Hall, stopping at seven campus locations to learn about their Native history and cultural significance. Meet at Memorial Union (2nd floor main lounge). Some tour stops are accessible using the free campus 80 bus. Leader: Aaron Bird Bear (email@example.com).
June 12. Lake Mendota Boat Trip (Wednesday, 9:00–11:30 a.m.; weather date, Friday, June 14). Learn about Lake Mendota and the shoreline of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve from aboard one of two vessels used for teaching, research, and outreach by the UW Center for Limnology. Meet at Hasler Limnology Laboratory, one block west of Memorial Union. Group size is limited to 12; reserve your place with leader John Magnuson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 23. Class of 1918 Marsh (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Take an easy walk around the Class of 1918 Marsh and learn its history, nature, evolution and challenges. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader John Magnuson (608-698-0104, (email@example.com).
July 7. The Biocore Prairie Experience (Sunday, 9:00–11:00 a.m.). Get a behind-the-scenes look at restoration efforts and various student research projects. The UW Biocore Prairie provides a unique natural classroom experience that supports the goals of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Seth McGee (265-2870, firstname.lastname@example.org).
July 13. Trees of the Preserve (Saturday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). A midsummer hike reveals the amazing variety of trees in the Preserve. Enjoy an afternoon identifying and learning about trees as they pass through annual seasonal changes. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Glen Stanosz (265-2863, email@example.com).
July 21. Native Pollinators in the Preserve (Sunday, 9:00–11:00 a.m.). Join us in searching for bees and other pollinators while learning about their diversity, behaviors, and importance. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Susan Carpenter (886-7504, firstname.lastname@example.org).
July 28 Bird and Nature Outing (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). TBA
August 10. Bird Banding in the Preserve (Saturday, 7:00–10:00 a.m.). Join Jackie Sandberg, Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Coordinator for the Dane County Humane Society, to learn about bird banding, how banding helps expand our knowledge of birds, and our efforts towards conservation. Stop by any time during the listed hours. From the Picnic Point entrance, walk up to the picnic table under the tree in the Biocore Prairie above the Eagle Heights Gardens. Leader: Jackie Sandberg (838-0413, email@example.com).
August 18. Food for Thought (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Join UW-Madison ethnobotanist Eve Emshwiller in a search for edible and other useful plants in the Preserve. You will learn about the evolution and the conservation of a diversity of plants and their wild relatives. Meet at the entrance to Picnic Point. Leader: Eve Emshwiller (233-9943, firstname.lastname@example.org).
August 25. Bird and Nature Outing (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). TBA.
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: Peter Fisher
Bird and Nature Outings 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. Coordinator: Paul Noeldner (608-698-0104) Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature.