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Birds of Spring Green Prairie Walk


Purple and yellow wildflowers and grasses grow in sandy soil with a bluff in the background under a bright blue sky.
Spring Green Prairie Many plants, birds, and other wildlife make their homes in the sandy and dry bluff prairies at Spring Green Prairie. © John A. Harrington


Known as the “Wisconsin Desert,” Spring Green Prairie includes some of the state’s rarest plant communities—sand and dry bluff prairies and black oak barrens—and is home to a diversity of rare plants, insects, reptiles and birds. We will encounter a variety of grassland birds, including (we hope!) both eastern and western meadowlarks; Henslow's, grasshopper, vesper, savannah, and lark sparrows; dickcissels; blue-winged warblers; and orchard orioles, and we'll learn about the preserve's history, land management and biota. 

This trip is co-hosted by The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin and Madison Audubon.

Registration for this trip is now open


Field Trip Leaders

Becky Abel—Madison Audubon (608-255-2473 x5, and Steve Richter—The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin

What to Bring/Wear
We recommend that you dress for the weather and bring a sunhat, sunscreen and water. There are no bathrooms on site.

From the intersection of U.S. Hwy 14 and State Hwy 23 near Spring Green, travel north on 23 for 0.5 mile to intersection with Jones Road on the right (east). Travel east on Jones Road for 0.75 mile; the preserve is on the left. Turn left into a dirt access road marked with a TNC preserve entrance sign—(fire #E5196A).

RSVP Required?
Yes, participation is capped at 30 people. 15 spots will be reserved for TNC members; 15 spots will be reserved for Madison Audubon members. Registration will open May 2. 

Accessibility Features

  • Field trip leader is adept at birding by ear and willing to accommodate those with visual impairments.
  • Walking is mostly over level, open terrain. Trip is accessible to all who can walk on a sandy trail for nearly 2 miles of walking, with a slight incline change in elevation.  There is a steep climb to the top of the bluff later in the trip for those who want to continue, while the group heads back to the parking area by 10 a.m.

Approximate Distance for Walking
1-3 miles

Rain Date
None; if weather is poor, we will cancel the trip.