Helping to Conserve Our Natural Resources
The sponsors of the Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival would like to make this a "green" event. We fully acknowledge that an event like this results in a significant impact to the environment, particularly given the amount of vehicle travel that is required for participants. However, there is still a great deal that we can do to make this event as sustainable as possible. The following section lists a number of steps we have taken to support local businesses, reduce our carbon footprint, and minimize our environmental impact.
Please take a moment to browse the other items listed under Take Action, and learn about a few ways you can conserve habitat for birds and other wildlife. We hope our efforts to provide a "green" festival will help others think of ways to live more sustainably, whether that means investing in alternative energy or simply drinking bird-friendly coffee. If you have suggestions about how to make this event more sustainable in the future, please let us know!
You Are What You...Drink
- we are proud to offer fair trade, bird-friendly coffee that is roasted locally
Waste Not Want Not
- we will offer spring water from local artesian springs (rather than bottled water)
- reusable water bottles and travel mugs are available for sale in the gift shop
- food packaging will be reused or recycled
- the Visitor Center will provide reusable dishes and coffee mugs
- handouts will be printed on recycled paper
- brochures and informational materials will be distributed in folders rather than plastic bags
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
- the Visitor Center takes full advantage of its ample windows, using natural light whenever possible
- compact fluorescent light bulbs have been installed throughout the Visitor Center
- local car dealerships and sponsors are providing vans for carpooling to field trip sites
- locally-produced food and beverages will be used to the extent possible
Location, Location, Location
- The event is hosted at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, which strives to be a leader in advocating sustainability of the region's cultural, historic, and natural resources
- Chequamegon Bay is home to three eco-municipalities: Ashland, Washburn, and Bayfield. Each community aspires to be an ecologically, economically, and socially healthy community over the long-term.
As a participant, you can help us reduce our impact on the environment. Here's a list of simple things you can do:
- Bring a reusable travel mug and water bottle (or purchase one at the gift shop!)
- Consider carpooling to Chequamegon Bay, the Visitor Center, or festival field trips
- If you are staying at a hotel, ask that they wait to change your linens until you have checked out