May 19-21, 2016 (Thursday-Saturday)

Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival -- a weekend of birding and nature activities on Wisconsin's south shore of Lake Superior at the peak of spring migration. 

With over 100 field trips and programs on all things nature, such as birds, butterflies, wildflowers, snails, spiders, elk, pine martens, frogs, fish, and mushrooms.  We also have birding by bicycle, kayaking trips, Apostle Islands cruises, a boat tour of the Kakagon Sloughs, live bats and birds, mammal tracking, a photography workshop, geocaching, and more.

Birders and nature lovers of all skills and ages will find a wealth of choices at this year's festival. 

Registration will open in Mid-March.  

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Bird & Nature Festival

Our festival has something for everyone.

~Keynote presentation by esteemed author, birder, and radio personality Laura Erickson.

~Renowned speakers and trip leaders, such as Ruth Oppedahl (Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin), Larry Weber (author and naturalist), Adrian Wydeven (Timber Wolf Alliance), Tracy Hames (Wisconsin Wetlands Association), Tom Nicholls (WSO Golden Passenger Pigeon award winner) and local birding experts Ryan Brady, Nick Anich, Tim Oksiuta, Dick Verch, David Bratley, and more.

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A teaser of 2016 activities...

~ Observance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial featuring presentations by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and international partners from Costa Rica.

~ A special line-up of activities to commemorate 100 years of the National Park Service, including cruises to Stockton and Raspberry islands, birding and wetland tours at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and a scenic hike to the famous mainland sea caves.

~ A festival-first banquet dinner and recognition event to celebrate our 10th anniversary on Friday, May 20.

~ Spectacular destinations like Copper Falls State Park, the North Country National Scenic Trail, Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Chequamegon National Forest, Moquah Barrens State Natural Area, and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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