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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 2007 to protect, preserve, and restore the beauty, value, and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed.

Events

All events are free unless indicated otherwise.

Monthly bird and nature walks

Sunday, Feb 7, 1:30 – 3 pm
Sunday, Mar 6, 1:30 – 3 pm
AND

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

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.

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

Garlic mustard pull
Saturday, April 9, 10 am – 1 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.
Make room for native wildflowers by helping to pull garlic
mustard on the hill. No experience needed. Sponsored by
the Madison Area Weed Warriors.

Evening at Cherokee Marsh (woodcock walk)
Friday, April 15, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.
We are likely to see cranes, observe the courtship flight
of woodcock and snipe, and see several spring migrants.
Binoculars recommended. Sponsored by the Friends of
Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society. More
information.

Warbler walks
Wed., May 4, 6 am – 8 am
AND
Wed., May 11, 6 am – 8 am

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.
Our warbler walks are so much fun that we’ve scheduled two of them this year. Join us for an early morning walk to look for colorful warblers and other spring migrants. Binoculars recommended. Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.

Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh
Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.
Observe and learn about butterflies, those small but
exquisitely beautiful creatures that dance about our
ankles in summer. Observe a variety of butterflies as
they take nectar from wildflowers, and learn about their
identification, behavior, and lifestyle. Bring binoculars if
you have them, but a few extra pairs of binoculars will be
available. Sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly
Association, Madison Audubon Society, and Friends of
Cherokee Marsh.

Bat conservation

Our 2016 annual meeting featured a presentation about bats. Here is a link to learn more about bat conservation and how you can help.

Wisconsin Bat Program