Bird & Nature Outing | Turville Point | February 14
Owl You Need is Love with Dane Gallagher ~ IMPORTANT: Following guidance from Public Health Madison & Dane County, Madison Parks is supporting the volunteer-led Bird & Nature Outings. Participation is limited to the first 20 people. Masks are required and must be worn at all times. Please practice social distancing with members outside of your household. Self-guided walks are encouraged any day.
Great Horned Owls celebrate Valentine's day by hoo-hoo-hooting soft duets and pair up and build nests in the middle of winter! Hunting for mice to feed fluffy white owlets is easier when there is still snow on the ground. Other raptors such as Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks also start nesting in winter. Take a walk at Turville Point to see if you can spot an Owl sitting quietly in a big oak or pine tree! Can you find owl pellets (hacked up dry fur and bones) on the ground along the trail? What other birds and animals do you see? Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one.
Follow rolling hiking paths through the Turville Point Conservation Park woodlands and prairie with beautiful vistas of Lake Monona and Monona Bay. Walks at Turville Point held on the 2nd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners, Madison Parks, Friends of Olin Turville and Madison Audubon Society. Meet at the Turville Point parking lot, entrance at the E. Olin Ave. stoplight from John Nolen Drive at the railroad tracks, south of Olin Park (not at the boat launch). No registration required. No pets are allowed.