May 18-20, 2017 (Thursday-Saturday)

11th Anniversary of Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival -- 3 days of birding and nature activities on Wisconsin's south shore of Lake Superior at the peak of spring migration. 

What a Great Festival we had this year.  Click here to print an evaluation form and either email or mail it to our office.

Festival Date is May 18-20, 2017.

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, geocaching, and more.

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

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Bird & Nature Festival

Birds Seen at the 2016 Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival

Our festival has something for everyone.

~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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 Best festival bird ever!!
First State Record Tropical Kingbird!

The verdict is in and experts agree that the yellow-bellied kingbird found at Thompson’s West End Park in Washburn on Thursday is a Tropical Kingbird. The species is very common throughout South and Central America, into Mexico, and typically only as far north as southern Arizona and Texas! It is known for wandering a bit northward in spring and fall but if accepted by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the state’s official record keeper of rare bird reports, it will go down as the Wisconsin’s first….ever! View some of Ryan Brady’s photos at

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