Friends of Cherokee Marsh Newsletter June /July 2017
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Cherokee Marsh


June / July 2017

In this edition

Land purchase approved, restoration plans in the works along upper Yahara River

On May 18, the Dane County Board voted to approve purchasing 53 acres along the upper Yahara River and protecting an additional 77 acres just west of the purchase through a conservation easement with a local farmer.

The land is in the Town of Westport, just north and south of HWY 19 at River Rd.

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Madison Parks crew member Richard Westbury stands watch during a prescribed burn at Cherokee Marsh. Photo by Paul Quinlan.

Conservation crew has successful burn season

Did you notice the flames and smoke this spring in the conservation park? Madison Parks uses fire as a tool to maintain prairies, open woods, and even marshes.

Without periodic burns, aggressive plants such as honeysuckle and buckthorn crowd out the native grasses, wildflowers, and other plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife and add much beauty to our natural areas.

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Thanks to our volunteers

Thank you to the many volunteers — including 26 cub scouts, siblings, parents, and grandparents — who came out to help pull garlic mustard this spring. The woods on the hill is looking better than it has in many years! Read more about the scouts' experience in the Northside News.
Submit your photos for the 2018 Madison Parks calendar
Do you have great photos taken in Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park (or other City of Madison Parks)? Submit them for consideration for the second annual Madison Parks calendar. The deadline is August 31. More information

Upcoming events

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Volunteer Day in Conservation - Aquatic Plant Installation

Sat. June 3, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

City Parks conservation staff are hosting a volunteer event to plant emergent aquatic plants on the edge of the new storm water pond at Wheeler Road and Bonner Lane.

We will be working in mud and standing water. Wear rubber boots or water shoes or shoes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

Bring garden gloves if you wish. Dress for the weather: sun or light rain. Planting will occur rain or shine. Only lightning or downpours will postpone it.

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, South Unit
Meet at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Bonner Lane. Park on the street.

If you plan to attend, please contact Paul Quinlan at or 267-4918.

Bird and nature outings

Sun, June 4, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, explore Cherokee Marsh history and restoration with guide Tom Murn. We will explore wetland and prairie areas to learn about some of the historical ecology and how humans are helping to restore and preserve this beautiful place.
Sun, July 2, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm,
explore native prairie with Master Naturalist Alex Singer. Discover the magic of planting native plants in your yard and neighborhood and the many benefits for monarch butterflies and other creatures – including our own health!.
first Sunday of EVERY month, year-round, ALWAYS 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.  (map)

Sponsored by Madison Parks, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society. Questions? Contact Paul Noeldner at (608)-698-0104 or

Madison Parks Bird and Nature Outings page

Tour North Cherokee with Conservation Resource Supervisor Paul Quinlan

Wed, June 21, 6;30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our largest and perhaps most famous conservation park protects a variety of natural communities, ranging from upland forest to wet prairie, to riverine marsh.

Come and walk through a cross-section of all this park has to offer and learn about efforts to maintain these habitats within the context of our modern landscape. Sponsored by Madison Parks, led by Conservation Resource Supervisor Paul Quinlan.

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.  (map)

Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh

Sat., June 24, 10 am – 12 pm 

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. Long pants and a hat are recommended. Sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association, Madison Audubon Society, and Friends of Cherokee Marsh Led by Karl and Dorothy Legler and Jan Axelson

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.  (map)

Northside Farmers Market

Sun, July 9, 8:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Stop by and see us at the Northside Farmers Market!

In front of the Willy Street Co-op in the Northside TownCenter, corner of Northport Dr and N. Sherman Ave.

Board meetings

Wed, June 21, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wed, July 19, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Members and the public are welcome at our monthly board meetings. Occasionally we reschedule, so contact us to confirm: (608) 215-0426,

Our June meeting is a special outdoor meeting at Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. so we can attend the tour at 6:30 pm (see above).

In July, we will meet as usual at:

Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr

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