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in the Fall 2015 Lakeshore Nature Preserve E-Newsletter.


Hunting Not Allowed in the Preserve Including the Waters of Lake Mendota

Waterfowl hunting occurs at various intervals in the Madison area from September 1 through December 6 ( ). However, the discharge of firearms is not allowed in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve or in the waters of Lake Mendota within the municipal boundaries of the city of Madison. If you hear gunfire along the Preserve shores, call 911; note your location and where you are hearing gunfire.


For a report on the Preserve’s activities in 2014, read the Lakeshore Nature Preserve 2014 Annual Report.


Free Family Friendly Bird and Nature Walks--Every 4th Sunday!

The Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and the Madison Audubon Society have joined together to offer monthly Bird and Nature Walks--every 4th Sunday from 1:30-3:00PM. These informal outings welcome students, families and kids. Walk leaders and participants share their knowledge about the birds, animals and plants they find as they stroll the Preserve paths. Meet at the Eagle Heights Community Gardens tool shed, 3016 Lake Mendota Drive just up the hill from University Bay Drive. (Nov. 12)


Did you know...?

giant puffball fungi

Typical specimens of the giant puffball Calvatia gigantea are about the size of a soccer ball and contain 7 trillion spores! Giant puffballs may be spotted in the Preserve each Fall.

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