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org April 2008

Dual Program April 15:

Canada Geese,
Wisconsin Pheasants
W e know there have been substantial changes in the
Arctic over recent decades. But how do the changes
affect birds? Since the early 1980s, high numbers of light
geese (Snow and
Free Public Program Ross's Geese) have
What: Bob Nack talks about had a significant
his research negative impact on
When: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 salt marsh vegetation
7:30 p.m. – Program
Where: UW Arboretum
found in the western
Hudson Bay low- Celebrating Art and Nature:
Parking: Free – by the building lands.
Bob Nack will
32nd Annual Art Fair
Spring in Wisconsin brings the welcome return of new
discuss his research
growth, warm sunshine, birds singing, and the wonderful
on how abundant light geese affect the breeding Canada
tradition of the MAS Art Fair!
Geese near Churchill, Manitoba. Salt marshes on the study
Our 32nd Annual Art Fair will take place Saturday, May
area were once used exclusively by Canada Geese from
3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., amid the spring blooms of
the Eastern Prairie Population (EPP) during the brood-
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison. This
rearing period. Overbrowsing and "grubbing" by light
festive event, just in time for Mother’s Day, features over 100
geese on salt marsh vegetation in early spring and dur-
artists displaying fine art and crafts throughout the gardens.
ing brood-rearing have forced EPP Canada geese to use
Both new and long-time favorite artists will welcome up to
alternate habitat. Bob will discuss the implications of his
5,000 attendees. The juried show features numerous media–
findings and share his photos of Arctic wildlife.
including glass, painting and printmaking, weaving and
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textiles, jewelry, wood and metal, photography and ceramics,
sculpture, and furniture.
Inside This Issue Highlights include a down-to-earth raffle, kid’s activities,
MAS April Program.................................. 1 and the popular silent auction. The art fair is a fundraising
event. Proceeds help support Madison Audubon’s wildlife
32nd Art Fair.............................................. 1
habitat preservation, community education, and advocacy.
Big Birding Day......................................... 3 We count on the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of
Local Spring Hearings.............................. 3 up to 100 volunteers to make the fair a success.
Belize Trip .................................................. 3 Madison If you have volunteered before, we appreciate your con-
MAS Spring Field Trips............................ 4 tinued help and ideas. We welcome all new volunteers,
Audubon and encourage you to email masoffice@mailbag.com if you
Faville Grove Notes.................................. 5
Goose Pond Report................................... 6 Society would like to assist the artists or help with the raffle, park-
Serving Columbia, ing, volunteer check-in, cleanup and takedown, or be part of
Excellence Awards Banquet ................... 6 the 2009 Art Fair Committee.
Dane, Dodge, Iowa,
March Donations....................................... 7 Jefferson, Richland Make it a family activity! On May 3 plan to enjoy the tulips,
GP Wildlife Adventure Day.................... 8 and Sauk Counties the art, the energy and the community, at the Madison Audu-
bon 32nd Annual Art Fair.
Madison Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society
Geese/Pheasants . . .
New, renewal and enhanced members continued from page 1
To join Madison Audubon Society,
Nack is director of
renew or upgrade your membership, the State Game Farm at
please complete this form: Poynette, and he will also
Name _______________________________ discuss highlights of the
Farm’s pheasant stocking
Address _____________________________ program. He earned a B.S.
City_________________________________ in biology and wildlife
from UW-Stevens Point,
State_______ ZIP___________ and an M.S.in wildlife
Daytime phone (_____)__________________ conservation from the
Univ. of Minnesota.
E-mail (opt.) ________________________ You are invited to Snow geese are over-grazing and over-pop-
I want to give a gift membership to: join our speaker, MAS board ulating their nesting sites.
members and friends at the
Name _______________________________ pre-program dinner at Paisan’s
Address _____________________________ Restaurant (131 W. Wilson St.)
beginning at 5:00 p.m. Call the
City_________________________________ office at 608/255-BIRD (255-
State_______ ZIP___________ 2473) if you have questions.

Daytime phone (_____)__________________ Next meeting: Sept. 16, 2008.


E-mail (opt.)________________________ Have a great summer!

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Anticipating Big Birding Day
May 10, 2008
We’re eagerly anticipating May 10. It’s Big Birding Day,
or “BBD.”
This one-day search for the most bird species takes place
in your choice of any one county within Madison Audu-
bon’s service area: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Iowa, Jefferson,
Richland or Sauk.
BBD offers a way to enjoy springtime bird watching while
you help Madison Audubon raise much-needed funds. It’s
easy to participate. First, get on a BBD team, or form a team
of 4 or 5 people. Then register with volunteer coordinators
Chuck Heikkinen and Delia Unson.
You can start birding as early as 4 a.m., or later if you like
Team Sustain Crane (l-r, Dave Drapac, Matt Krueger, Paul Noeldner, Caleb
(but not earlier), and everyone quits by 5 p.m. We gather by
Pourchot) has seen one too many birds
6 p.m. for the banquet at Imperial Garden West in Middle-
ton (corner of Allen Blvd. and University Ave.) to award For details or to sign up for BBD, contact Chuck and De-
prizes for the most birds recorded, and most money raised. lia at (608) 206-0324 or (608) 274-4043, leave a message on
Last year a new team of energy conservationists birded their machine, or send an email to deliachuck@gmail.com.
the whole day on bicycles, and one team member won Registration and pledge forms are available via the MAS
the prize for most funds raised. Pledges from family and website (madisonaudubon.org) or call the MAS office. Reg-
friends have ranged from five to 50 cents per species, but istrations must be received by May 3. All forms received
can be any amount. Madison Audubon puts BBD contribu- after May 3 will be assessed a $5 late fee. The fee for BBD is
tions to work in support of our many conservation pro- $20 per person ($30 if you want to attend the awards ban-
grams. quet). Non-participants are welcome to attend the banquet
for $15, but must register in advance.
Attend Your Local Spring
Hearing and Vote
Belize Adventure
by Dan Doeppers
By Karen Etter Hale, Executive Secretary In early February 2007 a congenial group of Madison Audubon Society
Voicing your opinion at the DNR/Conserva- members toured a fascinating selection of environmental zones in Belize,
tion Congress Spring Hearings is important the little country between Yucatan and Guatemala. The trip had several
and easier than ever. While it’s informative highlights including the magnificent Mayan ruins at Caracol, tropical
to hear the discussion, if you’re short on time rainforest, and mangroves seemingly without end. Several of us saw
you can just complete the paper ballot and be footprints of jaguar and tapir, and we had an extended encounter with
on your way. In all counties, hearings begin a family of Howler Monkeys at twenty feet. The birding was good too,
at 7 p.m. on Mon., April 14. Check the web- including a Jabiru Stork on the nest (and what a nest!), King Vultures,
site for meeting locations and a copy of the Laughing Falcon, parrots, Spectacled Owl, Black-headed Saltator, and
questions: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/ many others—perhaps 150 species in all. But what impressed me was
congress/spring%20hearings/index.html the number of Wisconsin migrants we encountered surviving the winter
Interesting issues this year include statewide season in Belize: a dozen different warblers
deer feeding and baiting ban (question 52); including Hooded males and Louisiana Wa-
whether to allow the shooting of any gray terthrush, as well as Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
wolf in the act of killing, wounding or biting Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Teal, and many
a domestic animal that's on public property others. This is hardly news, the declining abun-
(question 59); whether you think power dance of many of these birds here is largely due
companies should utilize an existing power to declining opportunities to winter in warm,
line corridor for any proposed new power green places. What was new to most of us was
line crossing or power line transecting the the great extent of tree cover still standing in
Mississippi River valley or bluffs (question Belize and how critical this is to the hoped-for
60); if DNR should issue citations to anyone return of these migrants come May. Thanks to
transporting Eurasian water milfoil and other Dietrich Schaaf of MAS who led the trip.
aquatic vegetation visible on boat trailers Editor’s Note: An Audubon member and enthusi-
traveling roadways in Wisconsin (question astic birder, Dan Doeppers is retired from the UW-
67); and whether Wisconsin should have a Madison Geography Dept. He and his wife Carole
hunting season for wolves (question 71). joined with 6 other MAS members for the Belize
Please do whatever you can to attend the trip, thereby avoiding one of this winter’s biggest
meeting in your area. You can make a differ- snowfalls! Thanks to Dan for sharing this evocative
ence. Jabiru Stork/Pat Ready remembrance of the trip.

The Audubon CAWS 3 April 2008


April Field Trips Madison Audubon Society. The tour begins at
the Radloff Lane shelter building at 6:30 p.m.
Waterloo exit, then go 3 miles north on Hwy.
89 to the old farmstead at N7710 Hwy. 89. For
You can come early and bring a picnic. We will more info, call David weekdays at (608) 265-
Sat. April 5: Spring Birds of Columbia also visit another part of the property. To find 4562
County the park, from the intersection of Hwys. 26
Tony Kalenic and Carol Anderson lead this and 12 in Fort Atkinson, go west on Hwy. 12,
1.2 miles, then north on Radloff Lane about 0.6 Sat. April 19: Abraham’s Woods
car birding trip through northern Dane and Abraham’s Woods, a State Natural Area and
southern Columbia counties to look for early mile, then east to a parking area. For details,
contact Mark or Sue at goosep@chorus.net or one of the UW Arboretum’s outlying areas, is
spring migrants and late winter birds. We one of the finest remnants of sugar maple for-
hope to see migrating swans, geese and other (608) 635-4160. est left in southern Wisconsin. We will search
water birds. Meet to carpool at 8 a.m. in the for spring wildflowers and early migrant birds
east end (near Century Ave.) of the parking Sat. April 12: Pheasant Crowing as we stroll through the forest of sugar maple,
lot of the former Copp’s supermarket at the basswood, yellowbud hickory, hackberry,
Count and Tour of Winter Cover
intersection of Allen Blvd. and Century Ave. in and other typical southern mesic forest trees.
Middleton. Or you can join the group at 9:30 at Goose Pond Sanctuary
This year’s pheasant crowing count, in Time permitting, we will stop at nearby Oliver
a.m. at Goose Pond. Bring binoculars, a scope Prairie, a limestone “goat” prairie, in search of
if you have one, and a snack, as the trip may cooperation with Columbia Co. Pheasants
Forever, will tell how well the local pheasant pasque flower fruits, bird-foot violets, prairie
last to early afternoon. Call Tony and Carol at smoke, and other lime-prairie plants. Carpool
(608) 249-8836 if you have questions. population survived this winter’s record snow
and cold. Newcomers will be paired with at 8 a.m. from Cub Foods parking lot, near the
others familiar with the property. The count is intersection of the Beltline and Verona Rd. Or,
scheduled to take place from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. meet the group at Abe’s Woods, just southwest
Pre-registration is required; contact Mark or of Albany in Green County; contact trip leader
Sue Foote-Martin at (608) 635-4160 or goosep@ for directions. Return to Madison between
chorus.net. Bad weather could postpone the noon and 1 p.m. The trip will be cancelled
count (calm is necessary to hear the birds), but only in the case of dangerous weather. Contact
even if the count is postponed, a tour of Goose trip leader Janeen Laatsch with any questions:
Pond’s wildlife food plot and cover unit will Janeen.Laatsch@wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-
take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to learn about 7714.
plantings to benefit wildlife. Meet at W7503
Kampen Rd., south of Arlington. Sun. April 20: Ice Age Trail (Once
Around the Sink and Down the Drain)
We’ll look for returning waterfowl and grass-
land birds at Shoveler’s Sink, stroll through
Microscoped ants by Richard Keyel the gorge cut by glacial meltwater at the Cross
Sun. April 6: Wildlife Adventure Day Plains Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, and
at Goose Pond search for pasque flowers on the bluffs above.
Scope viewing and educational This 3-mile walk traces the contrasting land-
presentations. See schedule of events, scape of glaciated and unglaciated (Driftless
Area) terrain along the route of the Ice Age
page 8. National Scenic Trail. Wear sturdy boots; bring
binoculars, water, and food; and dress for
Thur. April 10: Frogs’ Night Out the weather. Meet at 9 a.m. at the intersection
Bring a sense of adventure on this trip as you of Cleveland Rd. and Old Sauk Pass. This is
look at the world from a different perspec- about three-fourths of a mile south of U.S.
tive—through sounds. Besides listening for Hwy. 14 in the Town of Cross Plains. Contact
a variety of frog calls, participants will learn trip leader Gary Werner of the Dane County
about frog lifestyles and wetlands ecology. Chapter, Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation, at
Meet at the Mazomanie Wildlife Area at 6:45 (608) 249-7870 with questions.
p.m. From Hwy. 14 in Mazomanie, drive north
on County Hwy. Y for about four miles. Just Sat. April 12: Beginning Birding
before the highway bends to the east (right), Picnic Point, at the west end of the UW cam-
turn left on Law’s Drive. Travel on the access pus, offers a varied habitat and a good oppor-
road about a quarter mile and turn left onto tunity for beginning birders to ask lots of
the first gravel road. Follow this about one and questions and observe a variety of waterfowl
a half miles until it dead-ends at a parking lot. and small birds. Meet near the bus shelter by
Bring a flashlight and dress for wet condi- the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Questions? Call trip
tions. The trip will be canceled if the leader Allen Holzhueter at (608) 238-0546. This
daytime high temperature is below 45°F or in trip will be repeated on Sat. April 26.
the event of very strong winds or heavy rain.
The rain date is April 17. Call trip leader Bob Sun. April 13: Visit Faville Grove
Hay only if you have questions. W (608) 267- Sanctuary West
0849, H (608) 829-3123. Resident managers David Musolf and Roger
Packard will guide you through recessional
Fri. April 11: Evening at Rose Lake– glacial terrain to view its vast array of plant
communities. We expect to see Sandhill
Dorothy Carnes Park Cranes, various migratory waterfowl and
Join Mark and Sue Foote-Martin for an songbirds, hawks, grassland birds and more. Sun. April 20: Wildflowers of Walking
evening watching waterfowl and listening Meet at the west unit of the sanctuary at 7 Iron County Park - Paul Ryan
to evening sounds at the 480-acre Rose Lake a.m. The field trip will last 2-3 hours. From No information available at press time.
State Natural Area, a hidden gem acquired Madison travel east on I-94 to the Lake Mills/
by Jefferson County with assistance from
The Audubon Caws 4 April 2008
Sun. April 20: Jefferson/Dodge County
Bird Walk
7 miles south from Baraboo). Near the north
end of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Notes from Faville
The inaugural walk for this new group will
be led by experienced birders from 9 a.m. to
turn west on King’s Corner Rd, and continue
1.2 miles to the intersection with Stone’s Grove
noon. Depending on where the best birds Pocket Rd. Turn north and go 2 miles to the
dead end. For questions, contact trip leader
Reawakening
are, the trip will be to either Rock Lake (meet Looking out into the cold blowing
at  Korth Park in the Elm Point parking lot Mike Mossman at (608) 544-5501.
on Elm Point Rd.) or at Horicon Marsh (meet rain, a fox squirrel bounded across
at DNR Headquarters at the north end of the deep snow and briefly took
Palmatory Dr. in Horicon). To find out where shelter at the base of a large black
we’ll go, visit the new website http://www. cherry, rufous against the wet, black
theropod.org/walks.html and sign up to bark. We’re encouraged to see North
receive e-mail notices. The website also has
maps and directions to each site. On the America’s largest squirrel in the west
Friday before the walk, we’ll also post the part of the sanctuary more frequently
decision on which site we’ll be exploring. than in the recent past. Less arboreal
Everyone is welcome. Wear good walking than their gray cousins, fox squirrels
shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. are most at home in open woods,
savannas, and adjacent open fields,
Fri. April 25: Evening at Cherokee so the recessional moraine here, with
Marsh  its open-grown oaks and shagbark
We‘ll see cranes, observe the courtship
flight of woodcock and snipe, and see sev- Memorial Day Weekend hickories, and its scattered hazel-
nut thickets, is ideal habitat for this
eral spring migrants. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the
Cherokee Marsh parking lot at the north end at Lake Lucerne docile rodent. As we have cleared
of Sherman Ave., on Madison’s north side. Plan now for family fun and great invasive, woody growth and rees-
Waterproof footwear is recommended. Trip birding at this annual informal out- tablished the understory vegetation
leaders are Levi Wood and Tony Kalenic. For ing May 24-26. Camp Lake Lucerne, in the area, these beautiful squirrels
questions, call Levi at (608) 277-7959. about an hour north of Madison, seem to be making a comeback.
east of Westfield, offers 500 acres of Hazelnuts, of course, are a delicacy
Sat. April 26: Beginning Birding woods and natural areas surrounding enjoyed at least as much by members
See description at April 12 listing. a spring-fed lake with a swimming of the squirrel family as by members
beach. There are safe play areas for of the hominid family, with the squir-
Sat. April 26: Birding at Wyalusing kids, gentle hiking and biking trails, rels and chipmunks usually beat-
State Park and space for private quiet time. You ing us humans to the punch. By the
Quentin Yoerger and Charles Naeseth will can bird right out the door or carpool
lead this trip to Wyalusing State Park, which time you read this, the next crop of
overlooks the confluence of the Wisconsin to nearby wildlife areas such as hazelnuts will be in the making: the
and Mississippi Rivers. The Mississippi is a Buena Vista Marsh State Wildlife diminutive catkins that developed on
major migration route for numerous birds Area. the hazelnut stems last fall will have
and the rugged bluffs make this breathtaking Comfortable and affordable group elongated to release their pollen, and
scenery a beautiful spot for a spring adven- cabins have private bedrooms and
ture. Observe hawks, warblers (including the tiny, red, star-shaped blossoms
Yellow-throated), lots of other birds and a few shared living rooms with fireplaces. will be on display for any careful
spring wildflowers. Bring a lunch, as this trip Rates include meals, served in a din- observer looking for early signs of
will last until mid-afternoon. Carpool at 5 a.m. ing hall overlooking the lake. Bring spring. It seems a long way off with
from the Home Depot parking lot on Verona your bike, binocs, and a canoe or today’s 32-degree rain and snow mix,
Rd. by Cub Foods (just south of the Beltline). kayak if you have one! Requests for
If you have questions, contact Quentin at (608) but soon the cinnamon and brown
882-6078 or harrierqman@gmail.com family cabins or “quiet” cabins will leaves clinging to the savanna’s black
be honored in the order received. and white oaks will lose their grip to
Sun. April 27: Baraboo Hills Spring Sign up by April 20; space is limited. swelling leaf buds.
Wildflowers For registration details, contact Paul Although the boisterous red-
Visit Baxter’s Hollow, walking one of the Noeldner: (608) 698-0104, Paul_No- winged blackbirds and Sandhill
old wagon roads to “Burga’s Slough”, and eldner@hotmail.com. Cranes may be delayed by this year’s
the site of the murder at Shark’s Hollow. harsh winter, their arrival to rees-
Look and listen for birds such as Louisiana
Waterthrush and spring migrants, and admire Isthmus Green Day, Saturday, tablish territories in the sanctuary
the abundant wildflowers that have abided April 26th wetlands will mark spring’s awak-
here since the days of more intensive human Our MAS Education Committee will ening. Soon too, frogs will join the
use and abuse. This 2-mile round-trip walk growing chorus, and woodcocks will
be hosting a booth at Isthmus Green
passes through forest, old field, and some wet once again perform their evening
areas, so wear appropriate footgear. Meet at Day, Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00
9 a.m. at the north end of Stone’s Pocket Rd., am - 6:00 pm, at the Monona Terrace acrobatics.
a half mile beyond The Nature Conservancy Convention Center. Please come visit We long to see the pale lavender
gate at the former Klondike campground, at us, to learn about our ever-expanding pasque flowers, or windflowers as
the dead-end of the gravel road. The trip lasts some know them, dotting the warm-
school and community educational
about 3 hours. To get to Baxter’s Hollow, take
Hwy. 12 eight miles north from Sauk City (or programs!
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The Audubon Caws 5 April 2008
Faville Grove . . . We keep telling the youngsters that they have to grow
continued from page 5 large enough to graduate. Our goal is to have no turtle left
inside. In early October 2007 the average turtle weighed
three-quarters of an ounce; by early March 2008 the av-
erage weight was almost two ounces. They are gaining
almost 1% body weight each day.
Great Backyard Bird Count participant Brand Smith
spent four and a half hours and walked three and a half
miles at Goose Pond Sanctuary on Feb.16. We assisted
with counts around the farmstead. Sixteen species were
found, including 42 Ring-necked Pheasants, 2 Cooper’s
Hawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Rough-legged Hawks, 3
American Kestrels, 1 Great Horned Owl, 27 American
Crows, 95 Horned Larks, and 24 American Tree Sparrows.
Some days 40 crows are feeding in our food plot north of
the pond. On many days, over 200 Mourning Doves along
with chickadees, tree sparrows, juncos, and cardinals are
visiting the feeders around the house. Thanks to customers
Pasque flowers at Mounds Pet Food Warehouse and to Jill and Jerry Martin
ing gravelly knolls, and the bluebirds and tree swallows for providing bird seed.
taking up residence in an expanding neighborhood of ce- February weather was like January only with more snow,
dar houses (thank you Jerry Martin) to raise their broods. cold, ice, and wind. There is a lot of water in the ground,
The annual reawakening of spring feels more complete as in the snow and on the ground in the form of ice. It will be
more fox squirrels and other wildlife find their way back interesting to see how fast the snow melts and how much
into the loop. runoff there is into Goose Pond.

2008 "Rally for Raptors"


Banquet
2008 Excellence Award Winners
A maximum-capacity crowd of 240 attended the March 18
MAS banquet at the UW-Madison Memorial Union to hear
and see Marge Gibson's presentation on raptors. The new
Madison Audubon Excellence Awards were presented in
all four categories. See the May CAWS for banquet photos
and a list of raffle winners.
Cliff Germain Award for Excellence in Community
Based Restoration
Milton residents
Penny and Gary
Shackelford, and
JohnVan Altena and
Young Ornate Box Turtles Connie Brouillette

Goose Pond Sanctuary


worked with the
Wisconsin Depart-
By Mark and Sue Foote-Martin ment of Natural
Bob Hay, WI-DNR Bureau of Endangered Resources, is Resources to
coordinating a “head start” program for Ornate Box Turtles, establish state
a state-endangered species. This year we volunteered to natural areas on Penny and Gary Shackelford.
head start eight young. The turtles hatched last August and their properties,
instead of letting them hibernate all winter, the goal is to contributed toward
feed them so when they graduate (are released) June 1 they easements to per-
will be the size of a 3-4 year old, with a better chance of manently protect
survival. The turtles will be returned to barrens habitat near their natural areas
Dodgeville. and established
Our turtles live in a large container containing sphagnum endowment funds to
moss, set above another “water bath” container held at 81 ensure the future.
degrees. Every morning we distribute turtle pellets and
mist water on the moss and the turtle’s backs (so their shells (continued on next
grow properly). page) JohnVan Altena and Connie Brouillette

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Joseph Hickey Award for Excel- Thank You Banquet Sponsors
lence in Bird Conservation
• The Capital Times
The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council, a
• Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Special Gifts
volunteer group, has worked for more I wish to help make Madison
than 20 years to research and pre- • MG&E Audubon’s vision a reality.
serve critical habitat for bald eagles • American Family Insurance
in the Sauk Prairie area along the • Michler & Brown [ ] Acre-Maker, $2,500 or more can
Wisconsin River. FBEC has created • Orchids Garden Centre and purchase and restore one acre of
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• M&I Bank
[ ] Adopt-an-Acre, $100 a year for
Sam Robbins Award for Excellence • Mounds Pet Food Warehouse
three years ($300 total). Here is
in Citizen Science • Porta Bella Restaurant
my first installment.
Robert W. Howe, wildlife biology • Qual-Line Fence Corp.
• Solheim Billing & Grimmer [ ]N
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professor for more than 30 years and
• Wegner LLP years ($150 total). Here is my first
director of the Cofrin Center at UW-
• Wollersheim Winery installment.
Green Bay, supported the Wisconsin
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area, and has taught amateur birders • Orange Tree Imports [ ] In honor of
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HALF-ACRE MAKER Madison Audubon Society
In Memory of Robert Slottke Mail to: Madison Audubon Society, 222
James Zimmerman Award for Laurie Yahr and Rich Kahl S. Hamilton Street, Suite 1, Madison, WI
53703
Excellence in Environmental MY OWN VISION
Education and Communication Brian and Luanne Alme Gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by
law. Madison Audubon Society’s financial
Monona resident Dorothy Haines has Jane Dennis statement is available upon request.
worked enthusiastically and relent- Lee Sorensen
lessly on behalf of MAS as its news-
GIFTS IN MEMORY OF A PERSON
letter editor, historian, publicist, and
In Memory of Mary Jo Hans
mover and shaker. Known as “the
Barbara Unger
scope lady,” for organizing “Scope
In Memory of Leonard Noeldner
Days” at Goose Pond, Dorothy has
Dorothy Haines
dedicated her life to the mission of
In Memory of Jane Wood
Madison Audubon Society.
Dorothy Haines
The Audubon Caws 7 April 2008
Madison Audubon Society, Inc.
Stan Druckenmiller, President Wildlife Adventure Day at Goose
222 S. Hamilton St. Suite #1
Madison, WI 53703 Pond
Sunday, April 6, 1-5 p.m.
Bring the family to view, watch, hold, see and play – FREE!

Ongoing attractions:
• View migratory waterfowl on
Goose Pond, heart of Madison
Audubon Society’s 664-acre
wildlife sanctuary. Spotting
scopes provided at the Prairie
Lane kiosk.
• Displays, hands-on crafts and
games, nature slide shows at
the sanctuary headquarters on
Kampen Rd. featuring Loren Kids are sure to enjoy Randy Korb's
Ayers and his live small mam- presentation with live amphibians.
mals and Dr. Richard Keyel
with his popular “under the microscope” ant colony.
32nd Annual Art Fair
see page 1 Scheduled presentations:
• 1 p.m. – Cavity nesting birds slide show by photographer Patrick
Ready.
• 2 p.m. – Salamanders, frogs and other critters, hands-on presentation
MAS Calendar at a for all ages by wildlife educator Randy Korb. Program ends at 3 p.m.
Glance with animals on display the remainder of the day.
• 3 p.m. – Behind the scenes at Goose Pond slide show by Mark and Sue
Field Trips Foote- Martin, sanctuary managers.
Saturday, April 5 Visit the Madison Audubon Society website: www.madisonaudubon.org
Spring Birds of Columbia County for more info
Saturday, April 4
Wildlife Adventure at Goose Pond Getting there from Madison: Take Highway 51 north. Turn left on Hwy.
Thursday, April 10 K at Leeds and go about two miles; when K curves to the left, turn right
Frogs Night Out onto Goose Pond Road; turn left on Prairie Lane to view the waterfowl.
For wildlife displays and activities, return to Goose Pond Road and turn
Friday, April 11 left (north). Proceed to Kampen Rd. and turn left, then to the first drive,
Evening at Rose Lake just across the railroad tracks. Park behind the house.
Sunday, April 13
Visit Faville Grove
Saturday, April 26
Birding Wyalusing State Park
Hwy I

See a complete list of field trips and Hwy 51 Hwy 60


descriptions on pages 4 & 5.
Kampen Road
Coming up
Kampen Rd
Saturday, May 3
32nd Annual Art Fair ★ Activities
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Days ★ Goose Pond Hwy 51


Scope
Site Road
Hwy I

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