October 15: Accessible Bird Event

Join Upham Woods on Saturday, October 15th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for a free bird-focused day. We welcome people of all ages and ability levels to attend our accessible birding event at Upham Woods. Explore the trails at your own pace or join a guided activity. These activities are designed with access in mind, but if you would like to request additional accommodations, please email Rachael at lewandowskis@wisc.edu at least 10 days before the event.


  • 9-10:30 AM: Guided Birding: This guided bird hike will stay on flat hard-packed trails and wooden boardwalks and focus on identifying birds both by sight and by sound. Instructors will provide walking sticks, portable seating, and binoculars, and will stick to trails near buildings/restrooms for folks who need a break.
  • 11:00-12:30: Bird presentation: Join our indoor presentation as you learn about turkey vultures and meet “Uncle Butzie”. Chairs will be provided. This PowerPoint will include closed captions. If you need a sign language interpreter, please contact us ASAP.
  • 1:30-3: Bird sensory exploration: Spend time exploring birds with different senses and at your own pace. There will be bird artifacts, like feathers and skulls, to touch, ipads to listen to bird sounds and binoculars for sight. Separate quiet rooms are available as needed.
  • 1:30-3:30 All-Terrain Wheelchair Demo: We have reserved one all-terrain outdoor wheelchair (OWC) through Access Ability Wisconsin for this event. Come try the chair out and learn about how you can reserve this free to use outdoor wheelchair in the future. To learn more about Access Ability Wisconsin before the event, check out their website at: https://www.accessabilitywi.org/

This free event was made possible through the UW-Madison Dean’s Innovation grant. Light refreshments will be provided.

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