Call UsBack Home

Comments from Past Festival Participants

Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival Testimonials

We loved the great variety of programs and field trips; something for everyone (Rosemary – Rochester, Minnesota)

The passion of the field trip leaders showed! (Wendy – Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Such knowledgeable people – both leaders and other Festival attendees (Gail – Duluth Minnesota) 

Most enjoyable! (Rob – Madison, Wisconsin

Seeing a Black-throated Blue warbler (Chenyl – Forest Lake, Minnesota)

Location, Location, Location! LOVE Lake Superior and your very enthusiastic and knowledgeable leaders (Scott – Hinckley, Minnesota)

WOW – What a fantastic Festival! We’ll be back! Sarah – (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Loved the keynote presentation by naturalist and author, John Bates. (Lisa – Waukesha, Wisconsin

So well planned and organized (Sandi – Rockford, Illinois)

The Festival in not just about birds, but nature. (Melissa – Ashland, Wisconsin

The perfect Festival for the beginning birder and naturalist (Kathy – New Richmond, Wisconsin) 

A special thanks to Tim Oksiuta for finding us an upland sandpiper (Jane – Portage, Wisconsin

We enjoyed the camaraderie of people with similar interests to ours (Ron – Cable, Wisconsin)

Previous comments:

Great job. I think the festival has come a long way since the first year. It is a unique, exciting, and educational experience that is not offered in many places. The Chequamegon Bay area is lucky to have something like this and A+++ work to everyone that makes it possible. This is one weekend that I look forward to every year!

A cute poem from LeAnn & Ron Plinske:  Another Chequamegon Bay Bird and Nature Fest

“What a terrific combination – Fantastic group leaders, superb mattwelterphotoorganization, and friendly staff.”

Very approachable, passionate, and knowledgeable leaders that were good at making beginning birders comfortable.”

“Great location, spectacular scenery, tremendous variety or programs, field trips and birds;  I learned so much!”

“I liked anything Ryan Brady led!”

“Oh, man–what a great festival. The Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival in Ashland, Wisconsin, was filled with wonderful programs and wonderful birds.  People got grand looks at a lot of wonderful birds, including this poor Black-and-white Warbler that bonked into a window. He flew off, I hope safely, before I could get a look at the band numbers. What a cosmically handsome bird. Laura Erickson, previous Keynote Speaker.

When I left Sunday afternoon, the species tally was closing in on 170. Among the really rare species were Boreal Chickadee and Black-billed Magpie.

I stayed at the Inn at Timber Cove–a lovely bed & breakfast in Ashland. I was in a lovely cottage, where I’d love to have stayed a week or more. I highly recommend it. “Terrific people, ambitious field trips, migrants dripping off trees.  Do yourself a favor – pencil it in your calendar right now!”  Julie Zickefoose, previous Keynote Speaker.