Friends of Starkweather Creek

Friends of Starkweather Creek Friends of Starkweather Creek (est. 2002). Non-profit citizen’s group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our creek and watershed through stewardship, education, advocacy and fun!
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April 2021 Update:
The Friends of Starkweather Creek (est. 2002) is non-profit citizen’s group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Madison’s largest watershed. We strive for a healthy urban stream to benefit the community through stewardship, education, and advocacy. FSC volunteers work to restore critical habitat for insects, birds, pollinators and other wildlife that call Starkweather Creek their home. We remove invasive plants and shrubs that displace our native plants and cause increased erosion, plant native plants, create and maintain rain gardens/pollinator gardens, do trail maintenance, broadcast native seed in priority areas, perform plant surveys, do clean-ups and regularly monitor creek water for chlorides, phosphorus and general health parameters. We advocate for responsible private developments and public projects near the creek and effective PFAS clean-up efforts. Under a DNR grant awarded to the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, we are partnering with a team of public, private and non-profit players to develop a Chloride Management Plan to assess and reduce chloride use in winter de-icing and water-softening. We host monthly nature walks, paddles and bikes throughout the year and provide summer youth outings in partnership with Goodman Community Center. Please visit our Website and page, or email us at [email protected]

Operating as usual

GARLIC MUSTARD -- PULL OUT NOW!You will see these seedlings covering the forest floor right now. Crush leaves in your fi...
04/29/2021

GARLIC MUSTARD -- PULL OUT NOW!
You will see these seedlings covering the forest floor right now. Crush leaves in your fingers to smell their garlic odor.
Pulling them out NOW is the easiest and most effective way to reduce their numbers and allow other plants to thrive.
Put them in garbage bags...or make some pesto with the leaves!
(Thanks Sarah White for this picture)

GARLIC MUSTARD -- PULL OUT NOW!
You will see these seedlings covering the forest floor right now. Crush leaves in your fingers to smell their garlic odor.
Pulling them out NOW is the easiest and most effective way to reduce their numbers and allow other plants to thrive.
Put them in garbage bags...or make some pesto with the leaves!
(Thanks Sarah White for this picture)

04/28/2021
Removing PFAS from Madison's Well 15 will be very expensive. Maybe $1million to install a filtration system, then up to ...
04/19/2021
Madison water utility recommends measures to address PFAS contamination at Well 15 - WORT 89.9 FM

Removing PFAS from Madison's Well 15 will be very expensive. Maybe $1million to install a filtration system, then up to $300,000 a year to maintain it.

Who gets to pay? Madison taxpayers? Water customers? The Air National Guard who sprayed PFAS firefighting foam on the ground during training exercises at the Dane Co Airport for the last 50 years? Dane Co taxpayers?

And who should pay to stop the PFAS contamination from continuously spreading onto our ground and surface waters?

Who should answer these questions?

Yesterday, the city of Madison released a tentative plan to mitigate PFAS contamination at one of its wells. Well 15 has been shut down since March 2019, after community members raised concerns over PFAS contamination at the site. The well, located in northeast Madison, is about a mile away from the...

We had fun canoeing and cleaning up yesterday at Olbrich Park!
04/18/2021

We had fun canoeing and cleaning up yesterday at Olbrich Park!

This was last years clean-up
04/17/2021

This was last years clean-up

This is the first of over $100 million in construction projects to site F-35s at Dane Co Airport. Let's watch closely to...
04/17/2021
The first of 19 projects to prepare for F-35s in Madison has been announced. What's behind the $9 million plan

This is the first of over $100 million in construction projects to site F-35s at Dane Co Airport. Let's watch closely to see if they properly assess and clean up PFAS in the soil or water they have to remove, and what standards they use. They should be processing any dewatering to below 20 parts per trillion PFAS before releasing into Starkweather Creek.

With all this money, the Air National Guard should be cleaning up PFAS that are still continually released into our surface and groundwaters, contaminating our wells and loading Creek and lake fish with toxic levels of PFAS.

"J.H. Findorff & Sons will assist with the construction. The project is slated to begin in May and will include demolishing a 4,646 square foot facility to make room for a 19,000 square foot F-35 flight simulator facility. The project is estimated to take 18 months to complete and will cost $9 million.

The 115th Fighter Wing awarded the first of 19 military construction contracts to a local building company ahead of the F-35 conversion in Madison.

Enjoy this wonderful video about the history, ecology and newly marked trails at Stewart County Park near Mt Horeb.
04/16/2021
Interactive Watershed Trail at Stewart Lake County Park

Enjoy this wonderful video about the history, ecology and newly marked trails at Stewart County Park near Mt Horeb.

Join Larry Kruckman from Stewart Lake County Park as he discusses Upper Sugar's new initiative, Interactive Watershed Trails! Through this initiative, you ca...

Are you an Environmental Educator looking for a cool job??Rivers Educator with UW Madison Division of Extension-Natural ...
04/14/2021
RIVERS EDUCATOR at UW–Madison

Are you an Environmental Educator looking for a cool job??

Rivers Educator with UW Madison Division of Extension-Natural Resources Institute

The Rivers Educator designs, delivers, and evaluates research-based educational programming aligned with the position's programmatic focus, serving stakeholders and colleagues in the entire state of Wisconsin. Initial programming focus will include: Coordinating volunteer efforts in aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring with local groups and partners during AIS Snapshot Day; Supporting ongoing streams/rivers volunteer monitoring aquatic invasive species efforts; Supporting current partnerships and developing new programs and collaborations to involve volunteers in aquatic invasive species monitoring in streams and rivers; Supporting current and future Water Action Volunteers nutrient monitoring program and continuous temperature monitoring; Training and support for volunteer-collected streams/rivers data.

https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/508849/rivers-educator

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Learn about dragonflies in our area!April 22, 6;30-7:30pm
04/12/2021
Dragonflies in our Watershed – Upper Sugar River Watershed Association

Learn about dragonflies in our area!
April 22, 6;30-7:30pm

Dragonflies in our Watershed   Adventure into the world of dragonflies with us! Join Upper Sugar Board President Robert Bohanan and a panel of our dedicated Dragonfly Monitors as they discuss the science of dragonflies and the methods of monitoring. Register Now: Registration RSVP Ticket Qty: Per T...

Raemisch Farm Plan Commission April 12. HThe Raemisch Farm proposed zoning and plat approval will come before the Madiso...
04/12/2021
RaemischCommunityMemo.pdf

Raemisch Farm Plan Commission April 12. H
The Raemisch Farm proposed zoning and plat approval will come before the Madison Plan Commission on Monday, April 12 at 5:30 pm.
Concerned neighbors from the Raemisch Farm Work Group of the Northside Planning Council need your help now. Go to this document for an overview of our top concerns:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ydVxHdilvmjqQh33QvutfxUf5mx2a_y/view?usp=drivesdk

Before noon on Monday, April 12 (TOMORROW!) we encourage you to register your opposition to the proposed zoning and plat. Register for either Item 6 or Item 7; they will be considered together. You do not need to speak.

TO REGISTER YOUR OPPOSITION, CLICK HERE:

https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/meeting-schedule/register

Questions? Leave a message: 608-285-2408 and we will return your call.

Please come to Olbrich Park this Saturday at 10am. Friends of Starkweather Creek are having a cleanup and will supply gr...
04/07/2021

Please come to Olbrich Park this Saturday at 10am. Friends of Starkweather Creek are having a cleanup and will supply grabbers, bags and gloves. We'll have a few canoes, but bring your canoe/kayak!! 😁

Please come to Olbrich Park this Saturday at 10am. Friends of Starkweather Creek are having a cleanup and will supply grabbers, bags and gloves. We'll have a few canoes, but bring your canoe/kayak!! 😁

The Salt in My Water Softener Goes Where?April 6; 7-8pmEvent Description: Did you know that all the salt that we put int...
03/25/2021
Salt in Water Softener Event - Friends of Lake Wingra

The Salt in My Water Softener Goes Where?

April 6; 7-8pm

Event Description: Did you know that all the salt that we put into water softeners ends up in our freshwater? Learn why wastewater treatment plants can’t remove salt from wastewater and what you can do to help your softener operate as efficiently as possible. Also, how is softener brine reclamation a potential big win for reducing salt pollution.

Sign up through Friends of Lake Wingra.
https://www.lakewingra.org/salt-in-water-softener-event

The Salt in My Water Softener Goes Where? Tuesday, April 6 2021, 7 p.m. We are collaborating with WI Salt Wise to offer this free virtual event. You can learn how water softeners contribute to chloride issues in our local waterways and hope you can join us! In order to attend, please register using....

Got paddling on the mind? Check out our brand new recreational paddling guide to Starkweather Creek! Our map highlights ...
03/22/2021
Recreation Map | Friends of Starkweather Creek

Got paddling on the mind? Check out our brand new recreational paddling guide to Starkweather Creek! Our map highlights recommended paddling sections as well as additional amenities including three new canoe launches! We also have sections on access, safety, points of interest, and observable wildlife opportunities!

Download our map PDF from the link below for your next excursion on Starkweather Creek!
https://starkweatherfriends.org/map-creek-guide/

Recreation MapIn 2021, the Friends of Starkweather Creek worked with the Mapping Specialists, Ltd. to create a NEW paddling map of Starkweather Creek.Please view below or use the link to download a PDF copy of the map. We will also be adding recreation tips on this page. Enjoy!Starkweather-Creek-Map...

Alex Singer led us through the wonders of spring changes on our monthly FUN walk (Friends of Urban Nature). Like  Red-ta...
03/21/2021

Alex Singer led us through the wonders of spring changes on our monthly FUN walk (Friends of Urban Nature). Like Red-tailed hawk, the Dixon Greenway plantings, and beaver chews along Starkweather Creek where Alex pulled out a bag of various rodent jaws to illustrate their chewing skills.
Thanks, Alex!

Maarch 20, 2021 and Every 3rd Wed.

Donate Plants to the Dixon St Greenway Restoration Project. Good news! The 2021 Plant Dane Native Plant Sale pre-order i...
03/16/2021
Donate

Donate Plants to the Dixon St Greenway Restoration Project.
Good news! The 2021 Plant Dane Native Plant Sale pre-order is open and our project was approved for community donations. Last year volunteers planted over 1200 donated native plants into Dixon St Greenway and we are seeking donations to our project for another 1200 plants to add diversity to this round out this year’s planting.

You can help out by clicking the link below, selecting our project (Neighbors of the Dixon Greenway - Madison), and selecting the number of plant sets you are willing to fund. Plants donations must be made in sets of 1(4 plants $9), 2 (8 plants $18), 3 (12 plants $27), or more, each additional set is $9.

Dane County residents can also order plants for your personal gardens. The plants are all high-quality locally grown native plants and sold at a low price.

When our funding is complete we will let the Plant Dane folks know which plants we want. Then we will pick up the plants Saturday May 29th and have a volunteer work day to get the plants in the ground. Thanks for the help!
https://ripple-effects.com/Order/Donate

Please consider a donation to purchase plants that support a local community/school native garden project. It’s easy, just select a project from the list below and the number of plants you wish to donate. Plants donations must be made in sets of 4 (4 plants ($9), 8 plants ($18), 12 plants ($27)…...

Bad news for Monarch numbers. https://arboretum.wisc.edu/news/arboretum-news/update-on-monarch-numbers/Want to help? The...
03/01/2021
Update on Monarch Numbers | UW Arboretum

Bad news for Monarch numbers.
https://arboretum.wisc.edu/news/arboretum-news/update-on-monarch-numbers/
Want to help? The Friends of Starkweather Creek has starting the “Monarch Initiative” with the hope of planting 500 milkweed plants this year! Please consider donating to our cause via Plant Dane at: https://www.ripple-effects.com/Order/Donate
Each plant is $2.25 (min of 4 plant per donation). FSC will pick up your donation, and, if you are interested, you can even help FSC plant them later this spring by signing up at [email protected]
Let's reverse the decline of this iconic species together!

The forest area occupied by monarch butterflies in Mexico during the winter of 2019–20 was 2.83 hectares (a hectare is 2.47 acres, almost the size of two football fields), down from 6.05 hectares during the winter of 2018–19. This represent…

Urban Exploration on Starkweather Creek
02/16/2021
Urban Exploration on Starkweather Creek

Urban Exploration on Starkweather Creek

Paddling with Dan Eckberg – While the bicycle has been making a comeback across Wisconsin, and especially in Madison with cycle-friendly policies, culture and an abundance of dedicated off-road trails, there is another mode of transportation still largely flying under the radar as a means of explo...

Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help!The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently declined to list Monarch Butterflies as thre...
02/04/2021

Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help!

The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently declined to list Monarch Butterflies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS said the listing was warranted, it did not have the resources to list them at this time.

Monarch butterflies cannot afford to wait! They face death by a thousand cuts through habitat destruction, herbicides, pesticides, and climate change. The western population of Monarchs is now less than 2,000.

Now is the time to act! The Friends of Starkweather Creek has partnered with the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP) / Dane County Land & Water Resources Department to provide up to 500 milkweed stems in our watershed at the unbelievably low rate of $2.25 each (available in packs of 4). Each milkweed stem can support up to 5 caterpillars. If we reach our goal of planting 500 stems—we are providing food for up to 2,500 caterpillars! (not to mention the tens of thousands of seeds that will be released each year to form new plants along Starkweather Creek).

Help us turn Starkweather Creek into a Monarch Butterfly oasis! Every stem you’re able to donate counts. Please help us reach our goal of 500 milkweed plants. Click below to donate now to the Friends of Starkweather Creek’s Monarch Initiative!: https://ripple-effects.com/Order/Donate

What an opportunity to create an affordable, sustainable community while preserving and restoring wetlands an a uplands ...
02/01/2021
East Madison ‘Voit Farm’ officially for sale, community-led group wants to buy it

What an opportunity to create an affordable, sustainable community while preserving and restoring wetlands an a uplands along Starkweather Creek. You can join this effort at https://SavetheFarm.net.

A valuable farm in East Madison is officially up for sale, after being kept within one family since Wisconsin became a state. Save The Farm, a community led coalition and nonprofit, doesn't want the property to become just another suburban housing development.

Starkweather Creek needs your help!Our watershed faces new challenges like never before. From commercial and residential...
01/29/2021

Starkweather Creek needs your help!

Our watershed faces new challenges like never before. From commercial and residential development to chemical contamination, the work we do is vital to protecting and restoring our urban gem. Help us continue to advocate for our creek by renewing your membership or by becoming a new member. All membership “donations” directly support our watershed and provide benefits to plants, wildlife, and you! Join now for access to our quarterly newsletter, opportunities to participate in watershed restoration activities, and news about exclusive local, community events. Memberships start at only $10.00. You can join by visiting our website at starkweatherfriends.org/membership.

We live in such a wonderful place!
01/19/2021

We live in such a wonderful place!

Take a moment to enjoy this 360° view from the Thai Bridge!

Our 16-acre outdoor gardens are free and open to the public 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.

📸: Garden Facilitator Aaron Wilkie

Learn about Esrth Day and how you can be part of this worldwide effort started by  Wisconsin Senator Ga***rd Nelson!
01/14/2021
Earth Day 2021 | Restore Our Earth™ | EARTHDAY.ORG

Learn about Esrth Day and how you can be part of this worldwide effort started by Wisconsin Senator Ga***rd Nelson!

Make a plan for Earth Day, April 22, 2021! When life around the globe returns to normal, our world cannot return to business-as-usual.

PLEASE HELP! Friends of Starkweather Creek support these local visionaries who seek to create a beautiful place for natu...
01/14/2021
Voitlandia Community Land Trust, organized by Paul Schechter

PLEASE HELP! Friends of Starkweather Creek support these local visionaries who seek to create a beautiful place for nature and people at the Voit Farm adjacent to the creek, north of Milwaukee St.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world… Paul Schechter needs your support for Voitlandia Community Land Trust

Bird City Wisconsin
01/12/2021

Bird City Wisconsin

What did Wisconsin communities do with the small grants they received in 2020 from Bird City Wisconsin? In Madison, the Friends of Starkweather Creek and partners broadcast 109 species of native grasses, sedges, and wildflowers at an urban site along Starkweather Creek, providing one of the most diverse, complete wet prairie restoration seedings that project leaders had ever had the pleasure of working with. Read more:
https://birdcitywisconsin.org/news/69-bird-city-grant-helps-restore-native-prairie-along-starkweather-creek-in-madison

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Wisconsin Salt Awareness WeekIt may be a new year, but it's still important to remember to be "salt wise" to help protec...
01/02/2021
WI Salt Awareness Week

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week
It may be a new year, but it's still important to remember to be "salt wise" to help protect our lakes. Using too much salt or using it in the wrong situations can be as wasteful as it is harmful. Tune in daily from January 11th - 15th as experts discuss how salt affects drinking water, pets, freshwater ecosystems, and more, during Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week.
https://www.wisaltwise.com/Take-Action/Salt-Awareness-Week

WI Salt Awareness Week 2021 Calendar

SALT! A very tough issue for Madison, trying to balance safety and ever-increasing amounts in our surface and ground wat...
12/30/2020
Clear streets come at a cost - Wisconsin State Journal

SALT! A very tough issue for Madison, trying to balance safety and ever-increasing amounts in our surface and ground waters. And the City can't control how much the private sector spreads.

Friends of Starkweather Creek are helping with a study by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission to determine how much salt is getting into our watershed and explore ways to reduce it. Stay tuned!

When Charlie Romines took over as Madison’s superintendent of streets in 2018, the first thing then-mayor Paul Soglin wanted to talk about was how the city could use less road salt. The same thing happened the following year when Satya Rhodes-Conway took over as mayor.

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"Explore the Creek" May Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Saturday, May 15, 10am with James Winkelman by canoe or self-guided by foot, bike or canoe any day in May 3402 Atwood Avenue, upstream Olbrich Boat Launch by the softball fields, wear a mask and maintain social distance Join James Winkelman with Friends of Starkweather Creek for a free fun family friendly canoe outing or take a healthy nature walk, bike ride or canoe outing any day in May along Starkweather Creek! Bring your own canoe or kayak, vest and paddles if you have them. See http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for Fun Facts and Activities and the Friends of Starkweather Creek page for the new Starkweather Creek Paddle Map, walk and bike paths, and more info. Post your pictures and comments! Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Monthly Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek are co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See their websites and pages for more activities! Contact 608-698-0104
Thank You Fruends of Starkweather Credk and Lance Green, Nancy, and other volunteers for helping host another fun and educational Madison Bird and Nature Festival at Warner Park! https://www.facebook.com/groups/MadisonFUN/permalink/2916739115310804/
Celebrate Earth Week with Friendd of Starkweather Creek at the free family friendly Madison Bird and Nature Festival at Warner Park Sunday afternoon Apriil 25!
A fine day for the Starkweather Creek Cleanup! Folks in canoes and kayaks were joined on shore by Garver volunteers with free pizza afterwards
Ready to go with Spring Cleanup! Anybody can help! Stop by this morning at Olbrich Boat Launch to pick up aome tras by walk or canoe and get an Earth Ball!
I noticed a pole lamp in the creek near the bridge near Bridges Golf Course/Carpenter Ridgeway. Is there a cleanup planned for that section? If not I could probably wade in and remove it sometime, unless somebody beats me to it. Annotated photo:
Enjoy April Bird and Nature Adventures Along Starkweather Creek! Come to the city-wide Bird and Nature Festival April 25 at Warner Park! See Below for Details "Starkweather Creek Cleanup" April Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Saturday, April 17, 10am with Friends of Starkweather Creek or self-guided any day in April 3402 Atwood Avenue, upstream Olbrich Boat Launch by the softball fields, wear a mask and maintain safe social distance Join Friends of Starkweather during Earth Week for Saturday April 17 walk and canoe outings, space may be limited. Bring your own canoe or kayak, vest and paddles if you have them. Or just grab a garbage bag and pick up litter on your own along Starkweather Creek any day in April to help beautify this incredible natural area in the middle of the east side of Madison. See http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for Spring Fun Facts and Activities and the Friends of Starkweather Creek page for Starkweather area walk, bike and paddle maps and more info. Post pictures showing how much trash you collected! Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Monthly Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek are co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See their websites and pages for more activities! Contact 608-698-0104 "9th Annual Madison FUN Bird and Nature Festival" at Warner Park Sunday, April 25, 12 noon to 4pm with Open Door Bird Sanctuary 2930 N Sherman Avenue, Warner Park Rainbow Shelter Area. Take turns, wear a mask and maintain safe social distance Celebrate Earth Week with Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature Parks and Partner Groups at this free, welcoming, educational family and kid friendly outdoors event! Come any time between 12 noon and 4pm and enjoy seeing Live Raptors up close with Open Door Bird Sanctuary. Visit Madison Friends of Parks and Environmental group tables and enjoy Covid safe 'take turns' educational nature exhibits, fun activities, and nature themed walks for families and kids, food carts, music and more! See http://cityofmadison.com/Parks/Events/Bird-Nature.cfm for updates and http://tinyurl.com/BirdAndNatureFestival for more details. Contact 608-698-0104 [email protected]
"Season Creep Pro Con" - March Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Enjoy the Spring Equinox and Longer Days with a Walk along Starkweather Creek Any Day in March! Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer Sat Mar 20, 10am by the Goodman Center for an informal walk limited to the first 20 people. Follow Walk and Bike Paths along Starkweather Creek, wear a mask and maintain social distance. How is Spring this year, early or late? The earlier advent of spring and the delay of autumn are effects of climate change noticed by more and more people. Differences in the customary changes of temperature and precipitation can positively and negatively affect plants and animals in ways we're only realizing as they play out in real time and are exposed via long-term research. Learn Fun Facts about the Spring Equinox and Climate Change at http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures. Take a walk any day in March along the creek. Is the ice gone earlier or later than usual this year? What plants are starting to green? What birds and wildlife are active along the creek? Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one. Please post pictures and comments on the Friends of Starkweather Creek page, check out what others are seeing, and Join the Friends to help support preserving this amazing urban waterway ecosystem! Bird and Nature Adventures are free, fun, family friendly, healthy and educational. No registration required, no pets. Wear a face mask, comfortable hiking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Enjoy Monthly Nature Topics for Self Guided Walks and free Naturalist led Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek for up to the first 20 people with masks and social distancing at 10am the 3rd Saturday every month. See the Madison FUN co-sponsor pages for Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center and Friends of Starkweather Creek for more information and go to http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for more Bird and Nature Adventures! Contact 608-698-0104
It's time to register for this important program on PFAS.
Some really good science based information on PFAS....
"Life Beneath the Snow" - February Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Take a Self-Guided Walk along Starkweather Creek Any Day in February to Enjoy Winter Beauty and Look for Nature Signs! Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer Sat Feb 20, 10am by Goodman Community Center for an informal walk limited to the first 20 people. Follow Walk and Bike Paths along Starkweather Creek, wear a mask and maintain social distance. What are Critters Doing in Winter? Learn about different ways animals (and plants) deal with the cold, including living under the snow! See http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for Fun Facts about Hibernation and Animals in Winter. Take a walk on your own to look for tracks and signs of life beneath the snow! Try using a guidebook or app such as Critter Trax to identify tracks you see. Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one. Please post pictures and comments on the Friends of Starkweather Creek page and Join to help support this active nature group! Bird and Nature Adventures are free, fun, family friendly, healthy and educational. No registration required, no pets. Wear a face mask, comfortable hiking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Enjoy a free Naturalist led Bird and Nature Adventure along Starkweather Creek for up to the first 20 people with masks and social distancing at 10am the 3rd Saturday every month. See the Madison FUN co-sponsor pages for Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center and Friends of Starkweather Creek for more information and go to http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for more Bird and Nature Adventures! Contact 608-698-0104