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  • Contact Us

    Send us your thoughts, stories, photos at info.wildwarner@gmail.com. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WildWarner/ Call Paul Noeldner at 608-698-0104 to get information about meetings, for general inquiries, or to be connected with other board members.

  • The eagle has landed.

    A pair of bald eagles is building a nest on the marsh island.

  • Wild Warner Urban Tree Alliance

    In the spring of 2015, Urban Tree Alliance and Wild Warner got together and planted 29 trees in Warner Park. We did it mainly in response to emerald ash borer disease, which had devastated the ash tree population in Warner Park. Urban Tree Alliance supplied the trees, Wild Warner and other volunteers provided the muscle …

  • Warner’s sandhill cranes show off two chicks

    Greg Weller, one of Wild Warner’s resident photographers, got these terrific closeups of the resident Sandhill Crane family. He writes: “They are very cute. Have never seen a sand hill crane chick. I heard about them and took a camera.” The cranes often graze along Forster Drive, and spend a lot of time on the …

  • Wild Warner’s vision for Warner Park 4/29/15

    The Madison Parks Department is gathering “visions” for the future of Warner Park. Here is Wild Warner’s vision: 1. Nature recreation – Emphasizing the value of nature education and recreation, and using the park as a classroom. Promoting STEM fields through tutoring and support. 2. Keeping and maintaining nature recreation i.e. fishing, bird sighting, nature walks, expansion …

  • Wild Warner, volunteers, plant 30 trees to replace cut ash trees

    Members of Wild Warner, Boy Scouts, students from Madison College and workers from the Urban Tree Alliance planted 30 trees in Warner Park and Warner Beach in April 18 to replace ash trees cut down. Wild Warner has pledged to water the trees this summer.

  • Warner Park’s natural heritage: Jeff Galligan

    Jeff Galligan of Middleton sent us a great set of photos, and this note: I raised my two children De Andre and Dominique within a short distance from Warner Park. It has always been a place we were able to use for recreational pursuits such as football, tennis, soccer, softball and of course Mallards games. …

  • Wild Warner Minutes 3-03-2015

    Attendees: Kathlean Wolf Karen Hickel Blair Panhorst Paul Noeldner Jonathan Santana Dolores Kester Tim Nelson Mike Rewey Jack Hurst Trish Okane Marlene Hardick Jim Carrier Urban Tree Alliance: Patricia Chakravorty—canceled, sick. Approval given from Parks Department.  As per original agreement, Wild Warner volunteers will dig holes and water trees. Craig Klinke with City Parks needs …

  • Bird and Nature Walk – Sunday 2/15 1:30-3 p.m. at Warner Park Shelter.

    Free, family-friendly, nature, recreation, and education! To celebrate Madison being formally recognized as a Bird City, Madison Parks, in collaboration with other organizations, will offer free monthly bird and nature walks. The first one is this Sunday, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Meet at the colorful Warner Park Shelter by the lagoon near the Warner Park …

  • Wild Warner Minutes 02-03-2015

    Present: Marie Jacobsen, Chair Jack Hurst Marian Celesnik, Treasurer Patricia Chakravorty Mike Rewey Blair Panhorst, Membership Coordinator Marlene Hardick Marcia Finger Joan Ryan Paul Noeldner (late), Education Kathlean Wolf (late), Secretary   Blair acted as Secretary to begin the meeting. Patricia’s introduction from the Urban Tree Alliance: She said the urban tree alliance has free …

  • About Wild Warner

    ABOUT WILD WARNER In the autumn of 2009, a group of citizens discovered that a pending neighborhood plan for North Madison, Wisconsin included several development plans for Warner Park.  Among them: a pontoon boat concession in the lagoon, a new parking lot, a new soccer field in a prairie/meadow, more sidewalks, aggressive brush trimming and …

  • Wild Warner Minutes 12-03-2014

    In attendance: Jonathan Santana, Webmaster Marian Celesnik, Treasurer Marie Jacobsen, Chair Tim Nelson, PR and Info Kathlean Wolf, Secretary Trish Okane, Advisor Mike Rewey, Advisor, Engineering Joan, new to meeting Jack Hurst, Advisor, Fishing Paul Noelder, Education Coordinator Blair Panhorst, Membership Co-coordinator Sightings: Jonathan: 3 bald eagles; Marie: 8 turkeys; Jack: goldeneye, buffleheads; Paul: 61 …

  • Predator and Prey

    The closing ice on Lake Mendota along Warner Beach is proving great viewing of birds. Bonnie Tiedt shot these photos Sunday. Our thanks to her.

  • Tundra Swans pass through – hundreds of them.

    Tundra Swans stopped along Warner Beach on their way south over the Thanksgiving weekend. The white swans are adults, the “dusky” colored birds are juveniles. The swans breed in high Arctic wetlands.  The birds move to warmer, inland estuaries in the U.S. for winter. Tundra swans are monogamous, and the young stay with parents for …

  • Warner welcomes bird 136

    This wonderful video of the visiting pelicans was filmed by Greg Weller, a contributing photographer to Wild Warner. BIRD 136 – White Pelicans have been spotted in the Warner wetland near the dog park. The birds are headed south, to winter along the Gulf Coast. Two of the birds have recently been joined by a …

  • Wild Warner minutes 11-11-2014

    Present:  Jim Carrier, Marian Celesnik, Marie Jacobson, Marcia Finger, Dolores Kester, Karen Hickel, Jack Hurst, Audrey Kalzor, Tim Nelson, Trish O’Kane, Blair Panhorst, Paul Noeldner, Mike and Pam Rewey, Jonathan Santana, Karen Wolf Nature Sightings:  Three White Pelicans, Bald Eagle 1)  Nature photo exhibit by Arlene Koziol is up at the Warner Park Recreation Center.  …

  • Standing on hallowed ground

    Last night, Aug. 5, 2014, Wild Warner met on the newly restored Warner Island Prairie to paint a Plein Aire environmental vision for the Wild Side of Warner Park. The resident nesting duo of blue grey Sandhill Cranes flew overhead and a pallet of fresh green growth, bright yellow Black Eyed Susans and floating splashes …

  • A Lotus blooms in Warner’s wetland

          Conservation photographer Arlene Koziol captured the fleeting bloom of the American Lotus in Warner’s wetland on July 22, 2014. In a nature walk with Wild Warner’s education coordinator, Paul Noeldner, Koziol also captured our Sandhill Crane family, a new Wood Duck family, and the beauty of the new wet prairie island, once used to …

  • New member meets baby bluebirds

    by Jonathan Santanna, Madison College student and aspiring zoologist It started like every other Thursday morning, however there were four baby blue birds waiting for me this time. The last time I had seen the nest there were five eggs. As I knocked on the bird house to let the bluebirds know I was coming …

  • Warner’s new Sandhill Crane colt discovers the restored prairie island

    The 2014 Warner Park Sandhill Crane colt is finally fledged from the nest and starting to get out and about, and learning to forage with its parents on the restored prairie area of Warner Island. (The former fireworks shooting island restored as wet prairie.)  ( Video by Paul Noeldner) Here are some photos shot by …

  • Warner’s bluebird trail is a success

    Warner’s Bluebird Trail, maintained by Paul Noeldner, Tim Nelson, Jonathan Santanna and Trish O’Kane, yielded successful hatches this year. The boxes also attract Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, House Wrens and Black-capped Chickadees making 2nd or 3rd nests this year.   Nearby blooming prairie areas and shoreline native plantings are full of insects enjoyed by nesting birds …

  • Brentwood – Wild Warner – Parks team up to clean up

    It was a beautiful day to pick up trash in Warner Park Saturday. Twenty volunteers, many from the Brentwood Neighborhood Association, adjacent to the park, fanned out with plastic bags and gloves supplied by Kristin Mathews, a Leadworker with the Madison Parks Department. By the end of the day her pickup was filled. Wild Warner …

  • The Bluebirds are back

    By Paul Noeldner The Sherman Nature Explorers helped their UW Student Mentors check on the Wild Warner Bluebird Trail boxes on Wednesday March 26. Their sharp eyes spotted beautiful Bluebird pairs perched near three boxes and a nest already started in one. The kids also helped take digiscope pictures from a respectful distance using cellphones …

  • Winter Bird and Nature Walk at Warner Park

    By Paul Noelner About 16 people joined in the February Bird and Nature Walk at Warner Park held every 3rd Sunday 1:30-3 pm. Walks are also held at Cherokee Marsh the 1st Sunday 1:30-3 pm and Turville Point the 2nd Saturday 10-11:30 am each month.  Students, families and kids are welcome. After a kickoff reading …

  • A Valentine for our volunteer-in-chief

    The wild side of Warner Park was shaken from its winter slumber this week, as the Nature Explorer Club returned for its winter/spring session. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, thirty-seven kids trudged through the snow to sled in Warner Park and look for intrepid birds that are starting to return to the park. Trish O’Kane reports …

  • A winter’s walk

    What’s to see in Warner Park in winter? Lots. Ice and shadows. The sculpture of the wild is much more evident now. At night, the moon and stars stand out better than almost anywhere in Madison. Animals are foraging. American tree sparrows are gathering “weed” seeds in the meadow. Below the ice, fish are eating. …

  • Fireworks to Frogs: Warner Park’s fireworks island.

    Tim Nelson, chair of Wild Warner, read the following letter to the Madison Board of Park Commissioners on Nov. 13, 2013: On behalf of Wild Warner I want to thank Kevin Briski of the parks department for removing the earthen berm in the Warner Park wetland. Over the past twenty years, sand and fill dirt …

  • New life for Warner Park’s wetland island

    By Jim Carrier Jack Hurst views the environment from the end of a fishing pole. He feels the tug of a biting pike, the nibbling of bluegills — and the numbing quiet of an empty hole. Jack remembers when fishing was good in Warner Park. “In the 1950s you used to be able to walk …

  • Minutes – October 2013

    Wild Warner Committee Meeting October 2013 Wildlife Sightings: Cormorant, geese, rose breasted grosbeak, osprey, juvenile fox, barn owl, puff balls, hummingbird, Wild Warner novices, pileated woodpecker, bluebirds, great egret, cedar waxwing, hawks, downy woodpecker, nuthatch, sphinx moth November Elections: Chair and Vice Chair – Tim, Marie? Treasurer – Marian Secretary – Marian Membership Coordinator – …

  • Eagle pair spotted in park – Rob Petershack

    Rob Petershack, an attorney and amateur photographer, visits Warner Park periodically in search of good photos. On September 30, he caught this blue heron in the wetland. Herons, as he notes on his distinctive Web site, Points of View, do a lot of standing around.But on the same outing, September 30, he was standing at …

  • The wetland border is alive!

    When photographer Patrick Noyes walked along the edge of Warner Park’s lagoons with his Samsung Note 2 phone, his eye caught beauty and bugs galore. Seen as “weeds” by some, this border of grasses and shrubs was allowed to grow by the Parks Department primarily to create a natural barrier to Canada geese, who fear …

  • DNR says Rhythm & Booms violated Clean Water Act

    Controversial Rhythm and Booms fireworks show violated wetlands law, state DNR says By Pat Schneider    Capitol Times July 17, 2013 As speculation swirled this week that the city of Madison was poised to announce it is moving the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks spectacular from Warner Park, the state confirmed Tuesday that the city has …

  • Let’s make Warner Park a wetland education center

    By Jim Carrier, cofounder of Wild Warner The following was presented to the Madison Board of Parks Commissioners on July 10. It represents a new vision for Warner Park’s wetland. I wanted to bring you up to date on Warner Park and Rhythm & Booms. As you know, Wild Warner objects to the use of …

  • A bluebird funeral, and hope for more

    By Paul Noeldner Four nestlings that had sadly succumbed to black flies were buried next door under a newly planted Prairie Purple Cone Flower. The roof has a recently installed fishline House Sparrow perching deterrant. A crack in the door was repaired to limit access points for bugs. The inside has just been sprayed with …

  • July 4, 2013 – the morning after Rhythm & Booms

    On July 4, Wild Warner cofounder Jim Carrier talked about the science and law of Rhythm & Boom on WORT-FM. Reporter Julia Chechvala interviewed Jim on The Perpetual Notion Machine. The program can be heard here:

  • Warner’s wetland: facing challenges with high potential for rehabilitation

    On the eve of Rhythm & Booms, a Wisconsin wetland expert toured Warner Park’s wetland, and declared it beautiful, vital and worth the effort to rehabilitate it. Wild Warner opposes the pollution of this wetland by the city’s largest fireworks show. Though dominated by an overgrowth of “hybrid cattail,” the wetland includes “large patches of …

  • Warner Park is turtle heaven

    This spring we’ve seen several types of turtles in Warner Park, including an endangered Blanding’s turtle and lots of painted turtles. Watch for them sunning on logs in the wetland:        

  • Bird Walk June 1 with Trish O’Kane

    Wild Warner/Audubon Bird Walk this Saturday, June 1: Bring binoculars and good shoes. We’ll start at 8 a.m. in front of the Warner Park Community Center and be out until 9:30 a.m. at least. Warner Park is home to or a stopover point for at least 135 bird species. It is also the site of …

  • New Bat Houses in Warner – Bat Fest June 1

    People can see rare bats from around the world, including one with a 6-foot wing span, listen to top bat researchers and enjoy unique raffle prizes, hands-on activities and displays when the Wisconsin Bat Festival  flies into Warner Park June 1. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Warner Park Community Recreation …

  • School Spotlight: Sherman Middle School Nature Club explores Warner Park

    PAMELA COTANT | For the State Journal Every Wednesday after school in the spring and fall, Sherman Middle School students make the trek on foot to nearby Warner Park — a diverse, natural playground full of teaching possibilities. The students call it Nature Club but it is officially “Last Child in the Park: How Kids …

  • From one spot – spring in Warner Park by Dr. Wang Dajun

    Stand still, watch and listen as Warner Park comes alive in the spring. With a decent camera you may be able to get shots like these taken May 1, 2013 by Dr. Wang Dajun, a visiting researcher at UW Madison. Dr. Wang’s specialty is panda research in his home country of China. This was Dr. …

  • Warner’s big bur oak is officially a “landmark” in Madison, WI

    April 22 – In honor of Arbor Week, the Madison Parks Habitat Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce the First Annual (2012). Heritage Tree Award Winners. The Heritage Tree Program fosters an appreciation of city park and street trees, and inspires an awareness that heritage trees are a living and distinct resource for the Madison …

  • Warner Park’s bird list hits 140 species

      Bird Species List Warner Park 2015 One of Madison’s birding hotspots This list of 140 species is the result of more than 500-hour participatory research project led by Ph.D. candidate Trish O’Kane, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Anna Pidgeon of UW-Madison Wildlife Ecology, Wild Warner, Madison-Audubon, UW-Madison and Sherman Middle School students, and neighbors helped …

  • Committee on the Environment? Read the R&B transcript:

    March 18, 2013 Madison, Wisconsin Full Verbatim Transcription of Committee on Environment (COE) Meeting, Item #1, Rhythm & Booms. Unedited. Meeting began around 4:30pm. Public comments on Agenda Item #1 (Transcriber Note: each member of the public gets three minutes): Steven Fix (head of COE): Item #1, discussion of environmental impacts of fireworks residue. This …

  • Save the wood bridges – improve Warner Park

    UPDATE: Construction on a new bike path through Warner Park will destroy this beautiful old tree, to make room for a new, wider, steel bridge. This bridge is used daily for photographs, weddings, fishing, and just peaceful, shaded musing. Wild Warner proposed an alternate route, but lost the battle. Our proposal is below. If you …

  • Rhythm & Booms media reports

    The studies showing chemical pollution of Warner Park’s wetland received news coverage. Here’s Channel 15’s report: WMTV – NBC15 Madison, Wisconsin:

  • Nature Explorers brave the ice to check out Wood Duck and Kestral nests

    By Paul Noeldner This is the Weekly Wild Warner Nature Explorers Report from Madison, Wisconsin.  About 35 Sherman Middle School students participate in this ongoing after-school outdoor education program advised by UW professor Jack Kloppenburg and led by PhD student Trish Okane, a number of UW grad students, Madison Audubon Bird Mentor Paul Noeldner and …

  • Rhythm & Booms: Confirmed polluter of Warner’s wetland

    Test results from Rhythm & Booms are in, and the links below will take you to them. The Committee on the Environment released these drafts this week, but won’t discuss recommendations until March 18. The most important takeaways are in the one-paragraph Conclusions at the end of each report. “The annual Rhythm and Booms fireworks …

  • Nature Explorers: Over 230 children in three years

    INTO THE WILD! Thirty-nine rambunctious students from Sherman Middle School, teamed with 18 mentors from UW-Madison, began the sixth semester of Nature Explorers on Feb. 6, 2013. In three years the program has introduced more than 150 middle school students and more than 70 UW undergraduates to the wonders of Warner Park’s wild side. The …

  • Rhythm & Booms – a plane full of pollution from China

    The following letter to the editor was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Jan. 31: By Jim Carrier Warner Park has been considered an “ideal” fireworks venue because of its vast lawn surrounding a body of water that conveniently provides a fire dousing barrier and deep-water trash barrel. But that body of water is …

  • It’s time to stop Rhythm & Booms pollution in Warner Park

    By Tim Nelson, chair of Wild Warner Wild Warner, a nonprofit environmental group, today asked the city of Madison to discontinue the Rhythm & Booms fireworks event, held on the 4th of July weekend in Warner Park for the past 20 years. Each year at least 13,000 fireworks shells are exploded over the Warner Park …

  • A wild storm doesn’t stop Wild Warner

    The snow was still blowing when we took a walk into Warner Park But people were out, skiing, walking and sledding. The heavy snow turned the landscape into white sculpture. To enlarge a photo, click on the image: The next morning, the park was bright, crisp and inviting. Happy Holidays from your friends at Wild …

  • Geese were rounded up Warner Park in 2012

    We have finally received confirmation that geese were rounded up in Warner Park (and other Madison parks) earlier this year. Trish O’Kane received this information from Chip Lovell of USDA Wildlife Services office in Waupun, WI, and filed this report: On June 19, 2012, the USDA rounded up 21 Canada Geese (13 adults, 8 goslings) …

  • Warner Beach – a great place to swim and watch the rhythms of nature

    Warner Beach and the boat ramp are a beautiful part of Warner Park. Connected hydrologically by a new, larger culvert under Woodward Drive, the beach area is heavily used by wildlife that move along the ecological “edge” between the lake and the rest of the park east of the railroad tracks. Thanks to Wild Warner …

  • Wild Warner elects new leadership

    Tim Nelson was unanimously elected chair of Wild Warner on Tuesday night. Our current treasurer, park watchdog and a tireless and cheerful volunteer, Tim will lead our growing nonprofit through 2013. In addition, three members have been added to the Wild Warner Council. Here is the complete slate: Chair                       Tim Nelson Treasurer                Marian …

  • Critters you might see in the Park

    Two of our members have sent in photos of animals spotted in the park.   If you’ve captured the beauty of life in Warner Park, please forward your photo to: info@wildwarner.org.  

  • Keep Mallards fireworks inside the ballpark

    This summer, Wild Warner discovered that the Madison Mallards organization was blowing up fireworks outside its ballpark, into the woods and wetlands. The group voted at its September 4 meeting to ask for an end to this practice. On Wednesday Sept. 12, Chair Jim Carrier read the following to the Parks Commission: I want to …

  • Wild Warner welcomes bicycle riders

    Thousands of bike riders came to Madison’s North Side on Aug. 12, as part of Ride the Drive, and Wild Warner was there with music, a rest stop on our beautiful beach, and information about the “wild side” of Warner Park. We passed out hundreds of brochures, signed up a few new members, and invited …

  • Before and After – Madison tests Warner’s water for R&B contaminants

    Warner Park’s wetland was sampled for fireworks metals and perchlorate before and after the 2012 Rhythm and Booms extravaganza. Rick Wenta, an environmental field technician with the Madison/Dane County health department took samples of water in four spots, along with dissolved oxygen, and Ph levels. The first samples were pulled Friday June 29. (Click on …

  • The calm before the (R&B) storm

    By Sandy Rezvani On the eve of the ruin and doom program … Prelude….. I have a doggie companion and she has to go outside …. So   – we went out this morning ( barely morning )  – opened the door and  …. OMG – I can’t even breathe out here !! Willy,  ( my …

  • The Rhythm and Booms chemical study is underway

    A UW biologist and Madison hydrogeologist collected several dozen samples of soil and plants June 22, as part of the city-funded study of chemical fallout from the Rhythm & Booms fireworks. Dr. Jim Bennett and Brynn Bemis, using strict sampling protocols, collected the samples in three areas — the “shooting” site, the marsh island, and …

  • Volunteers take to the water to clean up trash

    Eleven Wild Warner volunteers braved wind and rain to help clean up the Warner Park Lagoon June 16. The cleanup was coordinated by Tim Nelson, Wild Warner’s treasurer, in cooperation with the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission. Wild Warner provided trash bags, gloves, refreshments, and a free t-shirt. Using rakes and their hands, they …

  • Enjoy Warner’s wild side before Rhythm and Booms

    If you have guests for Rhythm & Booms, wouldn’t it  be a wonderful to take them on a hike through Warner Park,  before you settle down on a blanket for the fireworks. The meadow area usually has few blankets, although the sledding hill might. Put a blanket on sledding hill, bring the binocs, and sit …

  • Warner Park’s “silent sports” — enjoying the wild side

    Warner Park’s new meadows are ablaze with plants, bugs, butterflies and birds. If you haven’t taken a walk through them, you are missing a wonderful part of the park, perfect for the “silent sports” we enjoy — birding, walking our dogs, and enjoying the silence of the wind through the trees and grass.     …

  • Migratory Bird Walk – Saturday June 2

    Warner Park is full of migrating birds. Here’s your chance to see and hear them, and learn from Warner’s resident bird expert. Join Wild Warner and Madison Audubon on a migratory bird walk Saturday morning, 7 – 9 a.m. Meet at the WPCC parking lot at 7 a.m. This is family-friendly walking tour, through the …

  • Rhythm & Booms – stop polluting Warner Parks’s wetland

    The following letter was sent to Terry Kelly, founder of Rhythm & Booms: Dear Mr. Kelly: Thank you for asking for Wild Warner’s counsel on cleaning up Rhythm & Booms’ fireworks pollution in Warner Park’s wetland. If we were contractually obligated to remove “all debris” from the land and water, as you are in 2012, …

  • Rubbish Runners – new group cleaning up parks

    Hello, I am a northside resident and want to let you know about the group I started, Rubbish Runners, to help clean up local parks and public areas. I think we have a shared interest because right now I am focusing on picking up trash in the Warner Park area. Local runners and walkers are …

  • Brentwood walk against violence 5/16 7 p.m.

    Warner Park’s larger ecosystem has been shaken by yet another shooting, this time in Brentwood. The police have acted swiftly, and the neighborhood hopes to channel fear into closer personal, interracial relationships, and a long-needed neighborhood center. Without positive solutions this crime will reinforce negative attitudes about the North Side, and could impact our attempts …

  • City approves Rhythm and Booms chemical study

    Madison’s City Council gave final approval on Feb. 28 for a $25,000 appropriation to test the Warner Park wetland for contaminates before and after this year’s Rhythm and Booms. The fireworks are scheduled for June 30. Concern about fireworks pollution have been raised for years by Northsiders, and at least two tests were conducted, including …

  • Greg Weller in grey and white

    February’s snow lured Greg Weller into Warner Park with his camera. He joins Wild Warner’s list of official photographers. Click on any photo for a slide show.  

  • Winter/Spring Walk

    We heard a robin and a red-winged blackbird in Warner Park yesterday. Today damp snow turned Warner Park into a wonderland. Click on a picture to start a slide show.

  • Fallout from Rhythm and Booms: WISC-TV

    Here is the pertinent language in the 2012 Rhythm and Booms contract: “3d. MFF shall be responsible for the cleanup and disposal of all debris from the Event in Warner Park, WPCRC and Lake Mendota. All debris from the event, on land and in the water, shall be removed by the Monday immediately following the …

  • February 2012 agenda

    Interim Chair for three months March – May Marlene recommends names from hat and rotate. Two cochairs/month who will develop agenda, chair monthly meeting, track meetings/issues of Madison Park Commission, City Council, Warner Park Plan, communicate with WW members by email as appropriate. Email list – Rules for distribution (Web site – anyone familiar with …

  • Study of Warner’s wetland is vital to the park’s future

    The Madison Common Council has approved a $25,000 appropriation to study the effects of Rhythm and Booms on Warner Park. This year, 2012, will be the fireworks’ 20th year in Warner. But new concerns have been raised about the pollution dumped into Warner’s wetland. The city’s Committee on the Environment asked for the study, and …

  • Plants have stories to tell

    The Friends of Cherokee Marsh present: Prairie Lore and Plant Stories with Dane County Parks Naturalist Wayne Pauly In a special presentation of “Prairie Lore and Plant Stories,” Dane County Parks Naturalist Wayne Pauly will share his tales about prairies, their plants, and the people who have lived and worked on the land. We’ll also …

  • A January jaunt

    Mild weather brings out the best in us. On January 8, your correspondent visited Governor’s Island, where eagles were hunting coots, geese were flocking in the remaining open water of Lake Mendota, and ice crystals piled up in beautiful arrays. At dusk, we noticed the huge nearly full moon rising over Warner Park.  

  • Minutes December 2011 meeting

    Minutes of Wild Warner meeting, Dec. 5, 2011 Members in attendance: Kathie, Jack, Marlene, Trish, Jim, Tim, Anita, Brooke. Wildlife sightings: 2 red fox, 2 great horned owls, several hooded mergansers, downey woodpeckers, tundra swans on Lake Mendota.  Jim reported seeing “3 pairs of eyes glowing in the dark.” Species not identified. Treasurer’s report: all …

  • HOOOOO HOOOO Owl Walk Jan. 21 5:30 p.m.

    Nature Walk–Searching for Owls in Warner Park! Saturday, January 21, 5:30 pm Meet in front of Warner Park Center. Emily Steinwehe and Marlene Hardick will lead a free night walk in Warner Park in search of owls and other creatures of the night. Dress warmly, bring a flashlight and maybe a hot drink.

  • What’s in YOUR park?

    by Marlene Hardick As we walk through Warner Park, we see things. Now there is an opportunity to share what we see. In the lobby of Warner Park Community Recreation Center is a new kiosk with a book to share information about sightings in the park. Those who have checked it have found information about …

  • In Excelsis Bur Oak

    On Dec. 22, the Wild Warner Solstice Singers took to their neighborhood to sing Christmas carols to apartment dwellers on Monterey Drive. People threw open their windows and gazed in wonder. Accompanied by Trish O’Kane’s harmonica and Paul Noeldner’s tuba, they proceeded into Warner Park. Here is a video of their concert climax at the …

  • Ice, Fog, Swans

    By Marlene Hardick A fellow member of Wild Warner told me that there is an intermingled flock of Canadian Geese and Swans on Lake Mendota.  I assume that these are Tundra Swans, but they could be Trumpeter Swans or Mute Swans. For weeks, flocks of swans have been flying over Madison. For several days, they …

  • Meadows = Butterflies

    By Marlene Hardick, Wild Warner publicity chair It is a 2012 project of Wild Warner to protect and improve the meadows in Warner Park. Madison Parks has agreed not to mow the meadow near the sliding hill and near the dog park. This will allow wild flowers to mature and will attract more butterflies, as …

  • Wild Warner meeting dates for 2012

    Wild Warner meets on the first Tuesday of the month, at the Warner Park center. Here are the dates for 2012: Jan. 3 Feb. 7 March 6 April 3 May 1 June 5 July 3 August 7 Sept. 4 October 2 Nov. 6 Dec. 4

  • Minutes for November 1, 2011 meeting

    Wild Warner Meeting November 2011 Attending: Kathie, Dolores, Jack, Trish, Jim, Marlene, Lori, Michael, Boaz, Marie Sightings: Red Tailed hawk, buck, crow Trish announced that The Nelson Institute wants to continue working with Wild Warner with the Last Child in the Woods Project. Wild Warner will be recognized November 11 with the North Star Award. …

  • A North Star

    Wild Warner received a North Star from the Northside Planning Council in November 2011. The honor goes to the park, where these photos were taken one frosty morning. To enlarge and begin a slide show, click on any photo.  

  • A North Star to Wild Warner!!

    Wild Warner was honored to receive a North Star award from our neighbors and the Northside Planning Council on Nov 11, 2011. Paul Rusk, Dane County Supervisor, presented the award. Here are his words: Margaret Mead Quote:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only …

  • Join/Donate

    Support Wild Warner through membership or donations Your membership in Wild Warner helps us to continue our mission of advocacy for the wild side of Warner Park. Additional donations of any amount help us to expand our work on such projects as spreading native seeds, planting shrubs, holding volunteer activities, providing educational experiences for children …

  • Another meadow is born in Warner Park

    The Madison Parks Department has stopped mowing in the meadow adjacent to the Warner Park dog park, below sled hill. At the request of Wild Warner, the department will allow a meadow to bloom, as it did historically, as shown in this photo from 2008: Note the milkweed, a key food and nursery for Monarch …

  • Wild Warner – The First Year

    Wild Warner turned one year old on Aug. 4, 2011 Thanks to you, we have made an impact — in the park and in people’s attitudes toward the park. Since our first coalition meetings in the fall of 2009, and incorporation last August, we count these accomplishments: A meadow, with new bluebird families and a …

  • Wild Warner Leadership and Membership

    Wild Warner Leadership Wild Warner elected its first official council, under its bylaws, in September 2011. The 2015 officers are: Marie Jacobson – President Paul Noeldner – Education Coordinator Marian Celesnik – Treasurer Kathleen Wolf – Secretary Blair Panhorst and Karen Hickel – Membership Coordinators           Wild Warner Membership Wild Warner …

  • October 2011 Minutes

    Wild Warner Committee Meeting October 4, 2011 Attending: Jack, Kathie, Delores, Jim, Tim, Trish, Marie, Brooke Sightings: wooly bears, toads, hawks Treasurer: $1556.78 We still need to pay students and need to buy supplies, plus $20.00 allocated for paper and ink We would like to put a Nature education display board up at Warner to …

  • Pair of foxes spotted in Warner’s meadow

    Out for a dog walk Saturday at dusk, we stopped in our tracks at the sight of TWO red foxes. One scampered away, but this one watched us long enough for me to run home and get the camera. He (she?) even trotted closer, to get a better look at us. I was using an …

  • A walk, a poem, and lovely trees

    Dr. Bruce Allison led a tree walk through Warner Park on Sept. 25, describing and diagnosing its great trees. First stop was an ash, healthy so far, but threatened by the emerald ash borer. Huge numbers of ash could be lost in Madison. Allison explained the physics of trees: how roots grow 90 degrees to …