Upcoming events

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Contribute to the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund

Cherokee Marsh is the largest wetland in Dane County, Wisconsin. The marsh is located just upstream from Lake Mendota, along the Yahara River and Token Creek (map).

The Friends of Cherokee Marsh formed in 2006 to protect, preserve, and restore the beauty, value, and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed.


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Brush pile burning

Sunday, Dec 28, 12 noon – 3 pm AND
Sunday, Jan 18, 12 noon – 3 pm
Koltes/Westport Drumlin Prairie

Help the Prairie Enthusiasts burn brush piles in this
natural area just north of the marsh. This event will take
place only if there is snow cover. More information.

Monthly Bird and Nature Walk

Sunday, Jan 4, 1:30 – 3 pm
Sunday, Feb 1, 1:30 – 3 pm

First Sunday of every month, 1:30 – 3 pm

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Free, family-friendly bird and nature walks. Sponsored by Madison Parks, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.

Moonlight / candlelight snowshoe

Saturday, January 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Tour the marsh on snowshoes by the light of the moon.
We’ll also have some candles set out to show the route.
Then warm up with hot cider by the fire. Bring your own
snowshoes. If there is no snow, the event will be a walk.
Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Annual Member Meeting

Saturday, January 31
10:00 – 10:30 am—member meeting. Annual report and elect
directors for 2014-2015.
10:30 – 11:30 am—What’s the buzz: Wisconsin’s bees and how you can help with Dr. Hannah Gaines Day

Our special guest this year is Dr. Hannah Gaines Day, a
Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at
UW-Madison. Dr. Gaines Day will talk on What’s the buzz:
Wisconsin’s bees and how you can help.

Why are bees important? One in every three bites we eat
depends on pollinators to transfer the pollen that plants
need to produce seeds and fruits. Our most important
pollinators are bees, but in recent years, their numbers
have been falling.

Learn about the diversity, natural history, and importance
of native and managed bees. Dr. Gaines Day will also
review current research at UW-Madison and provide
suggestions for how we all can help the bees.

At 10 am, before the presentation, we’ll hold a short
business meeting to elect directors for 2015-2016.
Everyone, member and non-member, is welcome at both

If you need further enticement to attend, we’ll have
refreshments and our popular door prizes donated by local