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    • September 26, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Frautschi Point parking lot
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    Lakeshore Nature Preserve: Effigy Mounds and Bird Migration







    About the Preserve

    The 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve stretches for 4.3 miles along the south shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus–from the Hasler Limnology Laboratory on the east to the Village of Shorewood Hills on the west. The preserve includes two historical features: Frautschi Point snd Picnic Point.

    The Walk

    Gisela Kutzbach, who lead us on last years popular August walk in the Preserve, will again lead us through the Nature Preserve, together with co-leader and birding enthusiast Chuck Henrikson.  You will see a different part of the preserve, during a different season and hear new stories. The themes for this walk will be effigy mounds, early use of the land, birds that can be found in the preserve, bird migration through the Preserve as they rest up on their travels to their winter grounds and some basic geology of this fascinating landscape.  All of this in the middle of our city and university.

    We will meet at Frautschi Point parking lot.  There is a new path from Frautschi Point parking lot that will give us quick access into the Preserve and toward Picnic Point, via the effigy mounds.

    Microphone

    Our leaders will have directional microphones to assist in delivering the message clearly as possible.  The microphones have added greatly to the quality of the conversations as we walk and make informational stops along the way.


    What to Expect on the Walk

    Length & Pace of Walk

    The pace will be moderate with stops for education about the effigy mounds, local geology and bird migration.  The walk will be about a 3 mile walk.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours.  The length of the walk and the time it takes to complete the walk will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 

    Walk Difficulty

    A three mile walk along a several trails along mixed hilly and flat terrain. There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails


    Driving and Parking Information: 

    We will meet at Frautschi Point parking lot to start our walk.  The following directions will help guide you to the trailhead parking lot.

    Directions to Frautschi Point Parking Area:

    From the campus, take University Bay Drive towards the entrance to Picnic Point, and continue on a short distance, make the right hand turn onto Lake Mendota Drive.  Drive about 0.2 miles up hill to where Lake Mendota Drive curves sharply to the left. The Frautschi Point parking area is on the right at the curve.

    From University Avenue, take University Bay Drive at light at Farley St., go up the hill, and sharp left at the top of the hill onto continuation of University Bay Drive (Highland Ave. continues straight). Continue down along soccer fields, then take left onto Lake Mendota Drive, across from soccer fields. Turn left onto Lake Mendota Drive, drive about 0.2 miles up hill to where Lake Mendota Drive curves sharply to the left. The Frautschi Point parking area is on the right at the curve.

    Additional parking is available by the University housing, across the road.

    Attached is a sketched map showing how to get to Frautschi Point. The map is available at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve website (lakeshorenaturepreserve.com) under Trails.

    Frautschi Pt Map009.pdf


    To learn more about Lakeshore Preserve Nature Area, go to the following website:  https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/picnic-point/


    Highlights of the Walk

    Native Americans and the Preserve

    For more than 12,000 years, Native peoples have lived on the land that is today the UW-Madison campus. Evidence of this long human occupation is inscribed all across the campus landscape. Earthen burial mounds, including unique effigy forms constructed over 1000 years ago, can be visited in several parts of the Preserve. Learn about the more than 40 archaeological sites across campus.


    Geology

    In the Madison of 50,000 years ago, the Yahara River flowed sweetly at the bottom of a steep river valley perhaps as much as 600 feet deep. Resilient sandstone layers formed extensive ledges and spring fed streams issued from limestone caves to cascade to the river far below. Incredibly, a natural event of unimaginable scale literally wiped this entire ecosystem from the face of the Earth—glaciers.


     geology map of Dane County

    Watershed

    Hydrology and hydrologic process within and around the Preserve greatly influence the quality and health of its diverse biotic communities. Additionally, the Willow Creek Watershed—which is much larger than most people realize—has a substantial impact on the quality of water in Willow Creek and University Bay.


     Willow Creek watershed map

    Prairies

    Prairies are grasslands dominated by native grasses associated with a diverse assemblage of flowering herbaceous plants known as forbs. UW-Madison's Biocore Program has been carrying out tallgrass prairie restoration in the Preserve in the field between Picnic Point and the Eagle Heights Community Gardens since 1997.


     prescribed fire in Biocore Prairie

    Wetlands

    Wetlands have water at or just above the surface of the soil for much if not all of the year. Known for a distinctive set of plants, wetlands support a wide variety of animals, and provide essential services such as flood and stormwater abatement and water quality management. The Preserve has two major natural wetlands—Picnic Point Marsh and University Bay Marsh—as well as a wetland restoration, the Class of 1918 Marsh.


     sandhill cranes in Class of 1918 Marsh

    Woodlands

    The Woods in the Preserve typify the broadleaf forest common to relatively moist, upland sites in southern Wisconsin. You'll find a common set of tree species occupying the overstory throughout the woods, but the relative abundance of each varies with slope and aspect (the direction the slope faces). Common species include Bur oak, White oak, Northern red oak, Shagbark hickory, Slippery elm, Hackberry, White ash, Black cherry and Basswood.


    • October 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
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    We no longer charge for "Walks of Dane County"


    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change

    Turville Point Conservation Park


    Olin Park Details

    Offering some of the best views of downtown Madison, Olin Park, located on the shores of Lake Monona is convenient, accessible and affordable. The reservable restored historic pavilion is perfect for events and seats up to approximately 150 guests. 

    There are an abundance of recreational outlets for the entire family such as a soccer field, baseball diamond, walking paths, and playground equipment.  Swim or soak up some sun on the welcoming beach, take an enjoyable jog on the trail, or go biking through the park and up and around the Capitol.  Adjacent to Olin Park is an expansive Turville Point Conservation Park, where you can relish in a majestic nature walk, go cross-country skiing, or hiking.  It is easy to retreat to Olin Park with its central location and convenience to the Beltline, Capital City and Wingra bike trails, bus routes, and a boat launch. 


    Turville Point Conservation Park

    This natural gem borders the shores of Lake Monona, a short walk from downtown.  Large red, bur and white oak provide the canopy under which a variety of spring wildflowers bloom.  A seven acre prairie opening adds to the diversity of the site.  Adjacent to Olin Park which has restrooms and a parking lot. 

    Features 2.3 miles of trails

    About the Preserve

    The 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve stretches for 4.3 miles along the south shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus–from the Hasler Limnology Laboratory on the east to the Village of Shorewood Hills on the west. The preserve includes two historical features: Frautschi Point snd Picnic Point.

    The Walk

    We should see some migratory birds. In addition we will focus on Effigy mounds and the geology of the area and lake. This walk would be a loop including Picnic Point. Meeting point would be Picnic Point parking lot. 

    We will be led by two knowledgeable guides,  Gisela Kutzbach (member, Lakeshore Nature Preserve Friends group) and a bird specialist who will tell us something about the Spring and Fall migration through the Preserve.


    What to Expect on the Walk

    Quality of the Path/Walk

    Length & Pace of Walk

    The pace will be moderate with stops for education about the effigy mounds, local geology and bird migration.  The walk will be about a 3 mile walk.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours.  The length of the walk and the time it takes to complete the walk will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

    Quality of trail footing

    On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 2.0.

    Walk Difficulty

    A three mile walk along a several trails along mixed hilly and flat terrain.  There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails

    Microphone

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

    Driving and Parking Information: 

    We will use the Picnic Point Parking lot to start our walk.


    To learn more about Lakeshore Preserve Nature Area, go to the following website:  https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/picnic-point/


    Highlights of the Walk

    Native Americans and the Preserve

    For more than 12,000 years, Native peoples have lived on the land that is today the UW-Madison campus. Evidence of this long human occupation is inscribed all across the campus landscape. Earthen burial mounds, including unique effigy forms constructed over 1000 years ago, can be visited in several parts of the Preserve. Learn about the more than 40 archaeological sites across campus.


    Geology

    In the Madison of 50,000 years ago, the Yahara River flowed sweetly at the bottom of a steep river valley perhaps as much as 600 feet deep. Resilient sandstone layers formed extensive ledges and spring fed streams issued from limestone caves to cascade to the river far below. Incredibly, a natural event of unimaginable scale literally wiped this entire ecosystem from the face of the Earth—glaciers.


     geology map of Dane County

    Watershed

    Hydrology and hydrologic process within and around the Preserve greatly influence the quality and health of its diverse biotic communities. Additionally, the Willow Creek Watershed—which is much larger than most people realize—has a substantial impact on the quality of water in Willow Creek and University Bay.


     Willow Creek watershed map

    Prairies

    Prairies are grasslands dominated by native grasses associated with a diverse assemblage of flowering herbaceous plants known as forbs. UW-Madison's Biocore Program has been carrying out tallgrass prairie restoration in the Preserve in the field between Picnic Point and the Eagle Heights Community Gardens since 1997.


     prescribed fire in Biocore Prairie

    Wetlands

    Wetlands have water at or just above the surface of the soil for much if not all of the year. Known for a distinctive set of plants, wetlands support a wide variety of animals, and provide essential services such as flood and stormwater abatement and water quality management. The Preserve has two major natural wetlands—Picnic Point Marsh and University Bay Marsh—as well as a wetland restoration, the Class of 1918 Marsh.


     sandhill cranes in Class of 1918 Marsh

    Woodlands

    The Woods in the Preserve typify the broadleaf forest common to relatively moist, upland sites in southern Wisconsin. You'll find a common set of tree species occupying the overstory throughout the woods, but the relative abundance of each varies with slope and aspect (the direction the slope faces). Common species include Bur oak, White oak, Northern red oak, Shagbark hickory, Slippery elm, Hackberry, White ash, Black cherry and Basswood.


    • October 31, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 3101 County Highway JG Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
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    No charge 

    "Walks of Dane County"Walk

    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change


    Stewart Lake County Park




    The Walk

    Stewart Park is located ion the edge of the Village of Mt. Horeb.  We'll meet at the shelter parking lot above the dam. We'll walk the trails through the woods and overlooking Stewart lake. Our walk will continue over an earthen dam across the Moen Creek, built in 1935. 

    A member of the Friends of Stewart Park will introduce us to the social and cultural history of the park.  

    Brunch at Schubert's Bakery

    Following our walk we'll have brunch at Schubert's Bakery.  This charming restaurant with its original tin ceilings, cozy wood booths, checkered floor, and old-fashioned soda fountain has become a local institution, where people travel from miles around for a wonderful meal and a taste of Schubert’s famous Swedish Rye Bread, Norwegian Lefse, Rosettes, Fry-cakes and other traditional favorites.

    Stewart Lake County Park

    Stewart Lake County Park was established in 1935, making it the first County Park in Dane County. Within this 191-acre park is shimmering Stewart Lake, an artificial lake on spring-fed tributary of Moen Creek. The lake offers a challenge for trout and bass fishing. Recreational facilities include picnic shelters, play equipment, hiking trails, and a beach area (no lifeguard on duty).  Please note that gas motors are not allowed on Stewart Lake (electric motors are permitted). Stewart Lake County Park can be reached by traveling north on County Highway JG from Main Street in the Village of Mt. Horeb.

    Trailhead and Parking Instructions

    3101 County Highway JG
    Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
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