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Friends of Pheasant Branch Photo Contest Closes September 1st!

Get your images in before it's too late!
 
Our photo contest gives you the opportunity to share the beauty and uniqueness of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, as seen through your eyes. Explore the Conservancy, in all seasons, to capture the natural beauty of the local flora, an unexpected wildlife sighting or a beautiful sunset.  All ages have the opportunity to be honored by leaders in the local photographic and art community! This year, two $100 grand prizes will be awarded, one youth and one adult.

Friends Of The UW-Geology Museum Host Fundraising Event

Friends Of The UW-Geology Museum Host Fundraising Event

Capital Brewery will be the site of the 5th annual The Friends of the UW-Madison Geology Museum fundraising event on Saturday, Aug.13.  The event begins at 6 p.m.

The event is open to all and kids are encouraged to attend. The highlight of the evening will be the showing of the movie "Night at the Museum:  Battle of the Smithsonian" beginning at dusk.

Prior to the movie, there will be games for kids, live music by "Mud Music," and fossils and minerals, for viewing and sale.

There is no charge for the event, but donations are welcome.  Bring a picnic dinner, join the fun and spread the word.

AquaPalooza Event To Celebrate Area's Lakes

A celebration on Lake Mendota bringing boaters, sun and fun together will be held on Sunday, July 31st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Picnic Point on Lake Mendota.

AquaPalooza is a series of on-water celebrations held during the last two weekends in July at more than 100 locations around the world.

Originally created by Sea Ray Boats, AquaPalooza is free and open to all boaters and non-boaters. This year music will be provided by MidLife Crisis on a floating barge. 

There will be various games and fun activities for family and friends of all ages. A

s a new partner to the event, Clean Lake Alliance will be providing lake water education information and selling raffle tickets to support, protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands in the Yahara Watershed.

3 Of 4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed Reopen

3 Of 4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed Reopen

The Esther and Spring Harbor beaches have reopened after being closed for swimming due to blue-green algae.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Vilas and Warner beaches. Warner Beach has been reopened, officials said. 

The only Madison-Dane County beach that remains closed is Vilas Beach, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

 

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

The Hudson and Marshall beaches are closed for swimming due to blue-green algae. The beaches will reopen when their levels decline, officials said.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Lake Mendota County and Spring Harbor beaches on July 14. The beaches have been closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria. The beaches will reopen when bacteria levels decline, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

The Esther and Spring Harbor beaches are closed for swimming due to blue-green algae. The beaches will reopen when their levels decline, officials said.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Vilas and Warner beaches. The beaches have been closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria. The beaches will reopen when bacteria levels decline, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Dane County watercraft inspectors will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, on Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa to assure that boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The inspectors, who are a mix of paid Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds staff and volunteers, will be rotating among several of the busiest boat landings to help boaters understand Wisconsin’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving.

"Dane County is a great place for fishing and boating. By following simple steps, we can preserve the quality of our lakes for future generations to enjoy," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. 

Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation.