Spring is in the air in the Madison area, and with National Wildlife Week here, it's a great time of year to get outside and explore the natural wonders of Wisconsin.
In honor of National Wildlife Week, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of their favorite nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries in and around Madison.
- Lakeshore Nature Preserve - 2000 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705
Owned by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and located on its campus, the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve is an outdoor teaching and research facility. It's open to the public and stretches along a 4-mile stretch of Lake Mendota's shoreline. Within walking distance of many Madison homes for sale, Lakeshore Nature Preserve includes several nature trails, as well as fishing and kayak launch sites on the lake. Keep an eye out for various species of waterfowl along the shoreline.
- Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park - 6098 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704
Spanning around 2,000 acres, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park consists primarily of woods, wetlands, and prairies along the Yahara River. The landscape is crisscrossed by a network of trails and boardwalks and is one of the best bird-watching spots in the Madison area. Bald eagles and osprey are commonly observed above the river, and sandhill cranes nest in the wetland areas every year, typically in April and May.
- Owen Conservation Park - 6021 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53705
The rich prairies of Owen Conservation Park offer some of the best opportunities to see spring wildflowers in Madison. Coneflowers, goldenrod, and bluestem are among the many species that bring a splash of color to this 96-acre park throughout the year. Owen Conservation Park overlooks the West Side of Madison and also features several ponds populated by wood ducks, herons, and various shorebirds.
- Heritage Sanctuary - 625 Meadowlark Dr, Madison, WI 53714
Spring is a great time to hike the nature trail in Heritage Sanctuary. From late April through about the middle of May, the forest floor beneath the budding oak canopy will be sprinkled with trillium flowers in full bloom. The timing is a little different every year, but it's a remarkable display to welcome the warmer weather. Heritage Sanctuary encompasses just nine acres and features a half-mile trail, making it the perfect place for a short, easy nature walk.
- Stricker's Pond - 7214 Longmeadow Rd, Madison, WI 53717
Stricker's Pond is a small conservation area on Madison's West Side. It spans 13.5 acres, including the 9-acre glacial pond that gives it its name. The pond was formed when a chunk of ice broke away and was left buried in the earth as the glaciers receded about 10,000 years ago. Today, it's a lovely spot for a hike or bike ride, and you may spot a wide range of wildlife in the diverse habitat around the pond. It's a frequent stopover for migratory birds.
Madison is a fantastic place to live for anyone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. Contact us today to learn more about life in Madison, Wisconsin.