Bird & Nature Adventures | Tenney Park
Waterfowl Wander with Paul Noeldner ~ Tenney Park is a favorite gathering place for birds as well as people! Join Paul Noeldner for a free family-friendly guided walk. Follow the paths along Lake Mendota, around the Tenney Lagoon and down the Yahara Riverway. Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one! Look for familiar birds like Canada Geese and Mallards that are forming large flocks for migration. Do you see any cute all-black American Coots? Listen for their squeaky toy sounds! Can you identify 3 or more species of beautiful Migrating Waterfowl? Look for brightly patterned black and white Buffleheads, large graceful all-white Tundra Swans, and diving Grebes and Merganzers with punk hair tufts. Listen for the wild call of Common Loons that migrate through Madison each Spring and Fall! Use an inexpensive bird guide or app such as iBird to help you identify species by their shape, beak, and unique color patterns.
Nature-expert guided walks in Tenney Park along Lake Mendota and the Yahara River Parkway bike path through the Madison Isthmus are free, family-friendly and held the first Saturday of each month, from 2:30-4pm. The walk begins at the Tenney Beach parking lot, 1330 Sherman Avenue. No registration is required. No pets are allowed. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society, Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association and Friends of the Yahara River Parkway.
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