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Zoo Century Gala Culminate's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Zoo Century Gala Culminate's 100th Anniversary Celebration

The Zoo Century Gala will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Electronic Theatre Controls in Middleton. 

The public is invited to attend what's being called an elegant evening at the uniquely picturesque venue to culminate the year's 100th Anniversary Celebration. 

The premiere Zoo Century Gala will feature live entertainment from Dueling Pianos, delectable hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by Johnny Delmonico's, signature drinks including a "Tigertini" and "Polar Ice," a cash bar and silent auction with once-in-a-lifetime Animal Encounter Opportunities and much, much more.

Zoo Education Animals will also be on site to meet and greet Gala guests. 

The guests are asked to dress semi-formal or in 1920s evening attire which is suggested. 

Mounds Of Money Raised For Henry Vilas Zoo

Mounds Of Money Raised For Henry Vilas Zoo


This spring, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse stores collected donations for Henry Vilas Zoo's animal enrichment program.  During the month of April, Mounds staff raised more than $18,000 which will be used to purchase new toys and enrichment materials for the zoo's animals, according to Dane County officials. 

During the promotion, Mounds stores held a competition between employees at their five area locations. Mounds Madison East raised the most donations and as a result of their hard work, won a behind the scenes tour of Henry Vilas Zoo.

The tour included a giraffe meet and greet, a rhino encounter, special enrichment treats for zoo animals and a behind the scenes look at several other zoo animal care areas.

Last fall, Mounds management came up with the idea for the fundraising event and employee contest when they toured the zoo and got to learn about animal enrichment first hand. 

Friends Of Pheasant Branch Fun-raiser At Capital Brewery On Sunday

Friends Of Pheasant Branch Fun-raiser At Capital Brewery On Sunday

It's time for Conservancy enthusiasts to gear up for our Pheasant Branch fifth annual Summer “Fun” Raiser hosted at the Capital Brewery in Middleton.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, July 17 from 3 to 9 p.m., so be sure to save the date, because this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss!

The "Cash Box Kings," highly acclaimed for its old-school style of blues will perform lively, energetic tunes that are sure to get the crowd groovin' and those dance shoes movin'. The group has earned several rave reviews for their performances, including a highly successful 3-week tour in Europe.

As in the past, local food vendors will be present to satisfy your taste buds after working up those appetites out on the dance floor. Ticket holders will be eligible for door prizes and do not have to be present to win. Last year’s door prizes were a refurbished bicycle from Budget Bicycle, binoculars and hiking poles and water bottles.

Madison's Wild Side To Tour Kettle Pond Park

Madison's Wild Side To Tour Kettle Pond Park

Madison Parks is hosting free monthly tours of Madison Conservation Parks. June's location is at Kettle Pond at 5808 Old Middleton Road in Madison.

The tours are led by a Madison Parks staff member and co-sponsored by the Madison Audubon Society. 

Each tour will focus on a different park and unique natural feature of that park. 

Madison Parks has 14 conservation parks comprising over 1600 acres. Each conservation park focuses on the restoration of native plant and animal communities while providing educational areas and opportunities for all. 

For more information on Madison’s Wild Side – visit: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/conservation/tours.cfm.


Middleton Receives Grant Money For Blanding’s Turtles Survey

Middleton Receives Grant Money For Blanding’s Turtles Survey

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has provided $980 in grant money to the city of Middleton Conservancy Land Committee to support the Citizen Survey of Blanding’s Turtles.

The funding will facilitate the expansion of citizen monitoring efforts of the last two years.

The money will cover the costs to put radio transmitters on the turtles and track their movements and their habitat needs.

“Our Foundation works to save endangered wildlife, protect natural lands, and promote conservation education," said Charlie Luthin, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. "The Besady Grants are specifically for small-scale projects that have a big impact in local communities. This year, we gave away nearly $25,000 to 28 projects across the state. We’re pleased to support the great work of city of Middleton Conservancy Land Committee and Middleton citizen volunteers."

Friends Of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Holds Photography Contest

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, a non-profit organization, is holding their first annual fundraising photography competition. 

Calls for entry began July 1 for images taken within the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and will close September 15.

For more information, click here.