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Join us for a free, family-friendly nature outing this Saturday as we learn to bird with Friends of Starkweather Creek board member and birder Paul Noeldner! Bring some binoculars if you have them - some will be provided. ... See MoreSee Less

Bird and Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek

November 18, 2017, 10:00am - November 18, 2017, 11:30am

Learn to bird with nature enthusiast and birder Paul Noeldner! Enjoy discovering and learning about the beautiful birds that live right in our neighborhoods! Some scopies, binoculars, cameras, and bird guides will be provided, bring your own if you have them. Learn about affordable adult and kids binoculars and simple bird guides and apps. You will also learn how to attract birds up close at your home or school, and how to use eBird to report what you see as a Citizen Scientist! Free, family friendly, no registration required. Meet at 3330 Atwood Avenue, Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Enter via Sugar Avenue entrance, park and gather in the rear parking lot.Outings along Starkweather Creek every 3rd Saturday of the month are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partners Madison Parks, Goodman Community Center, Madison Audubon, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. Special thanks to Olbrich Gardens for letting us gather there for this outing! See the partner websites and Facebook pages for details and more fun and educational nature activities. Contact 608-698-0104 for more information.

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Sat Nov 18, 10-11:30am
Bird and Nature Outing at Starkweather Creek
Learn to Bird! with Bird Man Paul Noeldner
3330 Atwood Avenue, Olbrich Botanical Gardens , enter via Sugar Avenue entrance, park and gather in rear lot
Enjoy discovering and learning about the beautiful birds that live right in our neighborhoods! Some scopes, binoculars, cameras and bird guides will be provided, bring your own if you have them. Learn about affordable adult and kids binoculars and simple bird guides and apps. You will also learn how to attract birds up close at your home or school, and how to use eBird to report what you see as a Citizen Scientist! Free, family friendly, no registration required. Outings along Starkweather Creek every 3rd Saturday of the month are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partners Madison Parks, Goodman Community Center, Madison Audubon and Friends of Starkweather Creek. Special thanks to Olbrich Gardens for letting us gather there for this outing. See the partner websites and Facebook pages for details and more fun and educational nature activities. Contact 608-698-0104
Bird and Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek
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Bird and Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek

November 18, 2017, 10:00am - November 18, 2017, 11:30am

Learn to bird with nature enthusiast and birder Paul Noeldner! Enjoy discovering and learning about the beautiful birds that live right in our neighborhoods! Some scopies, binoculars, cameras, and bird guides will be provided, bring your own if you have them. Learn about affordable adult and kids binoculars and simple bird guides and apps. You will also learn how to attract birds up close at your home or school, and how to use eBird to report what you see as a Citizen Scientist! Free, family friendly, no registration required. Meet at 3330 Atwood Avenue, Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Enter via Sugar Avenue entrance, park and gather in the rear parking lot.Outings along Starkweather Creek every 3rd Saturday of the month are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partners Madison Parks, Goodman Community Center, Madison Audubon, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. Special thanks to Olbrich Gardens for letting us gather there for this outing! See the partner websites and Facebook pages for details and more fun and educational nature activities. Contact 608-698-0104 for more information.

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SPONTANEOUS RESTORATION...
Friday morning we got an email from Frank Hassler of Good Oak Ecological, the company that's done plant restoration work for the City along the creek. "Ive got about 240 native plants I'd like to give you to plant along Starkweather Creek..."
So we saw the weather Sunday might be the last warmth before a big feeze, and pulled together a team of eager planters.
We planted over 240 sedges, asters, clematis and other natives along a hidden bend in the West Branch just north of E Washington Ave. This bend had been recently reinforced with sandbags and the bare soil on top was prime territory for invasives.
THANKS to Friends Board members Lance, Dave, Doug, Sean and Carl and volunteer Jane for all this muddy planting. And a special thanks to Frank Hassler for the plants!
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Planting along the creek. Thank you to Good Oak and Frank Hassler Jr ... See MoreSee Less

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Oct 28, 6pm, James Reeb Unitarian ... See MoreSee Less

Drinking Water Shouldn't be Scary!

October 28, 2017, 6:00pm - October 28, 2017, 9:00pm

Got questions about the safety and essence of your drinking water? Come hear the panel of drinking water experts and community activists. Speakers are: Joe Grande, water quality manager at Madison Water Utility, Abigail Cantor, treatment and water quality researcher at Process Research, Dianne' Aldrich, weaver and networker of the life-changing Lake Monona Water Walk; and Carl Landsness, explorer and alchemist with unorthodox perceptions and transformations of water and its impact on health. Sustainable Saturday Nights are a monthly community potluck and program that promotes grassroots action for a just and sustainable world. They currently happen on the 4th Saturdays of most months at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Madison WI. Potluck starts at 6pm. Program starts a 7pm. They are free, family friendly and welcoming to all! Sustainable Saturday Nights are a joint project of the James Reeb Peace, Justice and Sustainability Group, the Eastside Planning Council, Occupy Madison's Tiny Home Village, the WI Network for Peace and Justice, FUS Equity Ministry Team and the Emerson East Neighborhood Association's Sustainability Task Force.

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