Discover Madison’s Wild Side – 2014
Madison Parks is hosting free monthly tours of Madison Conservation Parks. The tours are led by a Madison Parks staff member and co-sponsored by the Madison Audubon Society. Each tour will focus on a different park and unique natural feature of that park. Madison Parks has 14 conservation parks comprising over 1600 acres. Each conservation park focuses on the restoration of native plant and animal communities while providing educational areas and opportunities for all. For more information on Madison’s Wild Side – visit: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/conservation/
April 16, 6:30pm -Turville Point Conservation Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
Explore this beautiful downtown park along the shores of Lake Monona. Spring ephemeral wildflowers carpet the “tip” of the peninsula.
May 21, 6:30pm - North Cherokee Marsh, 6098 N. Sherman Ave.
Diverse natural habitats in a large landscape provide a mecca for birds and other wildlife. A large oak savanna restoration is underway with hopes of attracting red headed woodpeckers some day.
June 18, 6:30pm - Prairie Ridge, 2406 Berkley Dr.
Goat prairies and oak savanna restorations cover this glaciated ridge providing a snapshot of a landscape that once dominated Dane County.
July 16, 6:30pm – Owen Conservation Park, 6021 Old Sauk Rd.
Learn about the natural and human history of this 100 acre natural gem “hidden” on the west side of Madison.
Saturday, August 2, 8:00am - Upper Yahara paddle trip at South Cherokee (bring your own paddle craft) Meet at School Rd. Boat Launch
Paddle through the “fragrant thickets” of American Lotus Water Lily looking for a variety of wetland birds and other wildlife.
September 17, 6:30pm - Edna Taylor, 802 Femrite Dr.
Walk on a glacial drumlin with large open grown oaks with numerous linear mounds and one panther effigy originating from another time in human history.
October 15-South Cherokee 5:30pm, Wheeler Rd & Ilene La intersection.
Witness the rebirth of oak savanna habitat along the shores of glacial Lake Mendota. Ponds constructed nearby in 2012 treat urban storm water while providing wildlife habitat.