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2015 Student Engagement Grants Announced

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee is pleased to announce a small grant opportunity for undergraduates or faculty and staff working with undergraduates to facilitate the use of the Preserve for educational purposes. There is a $1000 maximum award. The application deadline is February 16, 2015. View the Request for Proposals.

The grants are made possible by the Preserve Academic Endowment Fund established by former faculty member Professor Robert M. Goodman and the late Professor Henry Hart.

Questions may be directed to Laura Wyatt, Preserve Program Manager ( or Chloe Wardropper, Preserve Committee ( (Nov. 25)


Hazard Tree Removal Starts Week of Nov. 24

Crews will begin removing about 80 dead and dying trees starting the week of Nov. 24. All trees identified for removal were either dead or showed signs of significant decline and are considered hazardous because they could fall on trails or Indian burial mounds. Work is expected to continue through spring, as weather permits. Read more in the UW-Madison News. (Nov. 25)


Hunting not allowed in the Preserve including in the waters of Lake Mendota

With waterfowl hunting season again this fall, we have received reports of gunfire and hunting in Lake Mendota near the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. If you are visiting the Preserve and hear gunfire, please call 911 immediately; note your location and where you are hearing the gunfire. UW Police will respond. As a reminder, the discharge of firearms is not allowed on university property, including anywhere in the Preserve or in or on Lake Mendota within the municipal boundaries of the city of Madison. Do not approach the hunters if you come across them in the field. Call 911 and report the activity immediately. (Dec. 15)


Find out what's happening in the Preserve...

Read the Fall 2014 Preserve E-newsletter (Nov. 12)


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...?

Mendota ice pressure crack

There's an old saying that the width of the brown stripe in the middle of a woolly bear caterpillar predicts the severity of the winter. Read more about fall phenology

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