Pictured above: Carl and guests on the creek for an outing in November.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As Friends of Starkweather Creek emerges into a new year, we have new and old shape-shifters for co-chairs: Carl and Dave. Both are long time board members, FUN guides, restoration & renewal alchemists and angelic trouble-makers.
We seek 20/20 vision to elevate & deepen our mission and impact, exploring new opportunities to serve & honor the heart & soul of people & place in courageous & humble ways, starting with a restoration work day this Saturday, January, 25th at a hidden sanctuary in the Carpenter Ridgeway neighborhood, which we call the Sacred Starkweather Woods. We will continue by collaborating with local groups & individuals to catalyze leaps in consciousness, connection, and community with all life.
Our passion is to inspire new ways of seeing, hearing and feeling nature. We intend to inspire the wonder, awe and glee of our inner child, woven with the courage, patience and humility of a wise elder. We invite you to share your passion & magical self at our many activities.
Carl Landsness and David Pulkowski
Your Starkweather Creek Co-Chairs
Thank you to our new co-chairs for the inspiring welcome message! Please read on for a calendar of events and a 2020 stewardship preview.
The Friends of Starkweather Creek hold public events around the creek, year-round! For paddling events, we provide canoes, paddles, life jackets and basic instruction.
Restoration Work Party: Starkweather Woods Work Day (NEW)
THIS Saturday, January 25th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Friends of Starkweather Creek board members Dave, Carl, and Jeff to do important winter work managing trails and clearing woody invasive species in Starkweather woods. More information available on Facebook event. Meet at Carpenter St. kiosk, near connection to Starkweather Creek bike path
Bird & Nature Outing: Life Beneath the Snow with Paul Noedler
Saturday, February 15th, 10 a.m. to noon
Learn about the magic of the 'subnivian' layer beneath the snow with Master Naturalist Paul Noeldler. We will look for signs of tunnel mazes where mice, voles and other small creatures look for food, out of the weather and concealed from predators. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Meet at Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St.
Bird & Nature Outing: Spring Phenology
Saturday, March 21st, 10 a.m. to noon
Discover the hidden signs of spring with a trained local naturalist. Meet at Goodman Community Center or check Facebook event
Bird & Nature Outing: Earth Day Cleanup with Carl Landsness
Saturday, April 18th, 10 a.m. to noon
Our annual creek clean-up, by canoe and foot. Meet at Starkweather Creek boat launch, 3402 Atwood Ave.
8th Annual Bird & Nature Festival
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.
Welcome nature lovers, students, families and kids! Annual event presented by Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN), including live raptor presentations and other exhibits. Warner Park Shelter, 2930 N. Sherman Ave.
Bird & Nature Outing: Canoe Starkweather with Friends of Starkweather Creek board
Saturday, May 16th, 10 a.m. to noon
Explore the two branches of Starkweather Creek by canoe. Meet at Starkweather Creek boat launch, 3402 Atwood Ave.
Board meetings (open to the public)
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month
Email email@example.com to let us know you'd like to attend. Coming up: Feb. 18th, Mar. 17th, Apr. 21st, May 19th. Meet at Goodman Community Center Ironworks mezzanine, 149 Waubesa St.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our work to revitalize Starkweather Creek by participating in our canoe tours and creek cleanups, by lending your expertise, volunteering, and other support.