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Festival Booklet

In 2024 we will not be printing a festival booklet  – However we will have a list of activities and descriptions.

Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival
Date for the 2024 event will be May 23-25, 2024
Ashland, Wisconsin
Registration will open April 10 at 9am.

This year we are doing online registration only, due to the frustration a lot of you had with phone-in registration in the past.  Although we know this format isn’t perfect it’s the best we can do, so please have grace with us.  We are trying to give you as much information in advance to make this process go as smoothly are possible.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Registration this year will be ONLINE ONLY.
Registration opens Wednesday, April 10th at 9am 

Participants will be limited to signing up for NO MORE THAN 4 FIELD TRIPS, excluding the activities not titled field trips such as the Social & Dinner (#21 & 22), Sightings of the Day & Keynote Speaker (#44 & 45), Bird in the hand (#5, 29, 50) afternoon indoor programs (#18, 19, 20, 41, 42, 43 & 61) and the Sunday Stockton Island Cruise (#62).  

Below are the links to the activities that will be offered in 2024.  Please look over the lists and start planning what activities you would like to participate in.  Registration will open on Wednesday, April 10th at 9am.  Be prepared with all information needed when you register – Name, address, phone number, email address, credit card information and your first and second choices of activities.  
 
Here is a:

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Review the activities list. You have a maximum of 4 field trip activities per person.  Additional activities that do not count towards the 4 field trips are the Social & Dinner (#21 & 22), Sightings of the Day & Keynote Speaker (#44 & 45), Bird in the hand (#5, 29, 50) afternoon indoor programs (#18, 19, 20, 41, 42, 43 & 61) and the Sunday Stockton Island Cruise (#62)
  • All Field Trips will have a maximum of 15 participants.
  • Make sure to have a backup choice in case your first choice is already booked.
  • Donating to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.  In the past we have asked if you were interested in donating to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.  Your donation will support
    Ryan Brady, Nick Anich & the Lake Superior eBirders team in their quest to see as many species as possible on a single day in May and raise funds for important bird conservation projects in Wisconsin.  At the bottom of the list of activities on the online registration #63-68, is where you can donate to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.  You can donate in increments of $5-$100. This is totally optional.  We thank you in advance for support.
  • Be prepared to register online.  Step-by-Step Written Tutorial to help you with the online registration process.
  • No phone in or mail registration will be taken.
  • Have all of your pertinent information ready when registering, i.e., Credit Card number, first choice, alternate choice in case your first choice is filled, and, if you have questions, call us to find out your answers to questions before registration opens – we are here to help. 715-682-2500.
  • ONLINE REGISTRATION opens at 9am CST on Wednesday, April 10th.

Please call if you have any questions prior to registration date.

FESTIVAL INFORMATION;

ACTIVITY TIMES
All start and end times include round-trip traveling time from the David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC). EXCEPT for the Thursday night dinner and Sunday Cruise.  Each off-site activity will have a group departing from NGLVC. Field Trip leaders do a roll call check-in at the whiteboards inside the NGLVC and designate the area in the parking lot they will meet before they head off in the caravan.  However, some activities located in communities around the bay will also have an “optional” meeting point and time listed in their descriptions so you can start at that site for your convenience. If you choose to meet at the “optional” meeting spot for your activity, please let us know, so we are not waiting for you inside the Center. It is the responsibility of the participant to be at the correct location at the correct time. Refunds will not be given for missed attendance.  Please let us know if you plan on meeting at the alternate location.

TRANSPORTATION
Transportation for field trips and other activities IS NOT provided by the festival. Be aware that some trips may involve rough unpaved roads – medium to high-clearance vehicles are recommended.  Some activities may have additional parking costs that are payable at the time of the activity.
 
REGISTRATION FEES
Costs will be $20 per person per field trip and $5-$15 per person per indoor programs (Thursday & Friday afternoons). Additional costs apply to some activities. Cruise, dinner, and keynote costs apply as listed.  Additional activities that do not count towards the 4 field trips are the Social & Dinner (#21 & 22), Sightings of the Day & Keynote Speaker (#44 & 45), Bird in the hand (#5, 29, 50) afternoon indoor programs (#18, 19, 20, 41, 42, 43 & 61) and the Sunday Stockton Island Cruise (#62).  Just an FYI – When registering online a processing fee will be added to cover the convenience of online registration.
 
ADDITIONAL COSTS
A few activities have some additional costs over & above the fees above.  Whenever there is an additional cost, it will be indicated in the activity description and table. Parking fees are payable at the time of the activity.

GROUP SIZES
Each activity has a minimum and maximum group size. If the number of participants is less than the minimum required, the activity may be subject to cancellation. Activities that have the maximum number of participants will be highlighted in red and marked FULL. Signing up early is the best way to ensure you get the activities you want!

LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY
Numerical categories ranging from 1 (easiest) to 5 (most challenging) indicate the level of difficulty for each activity. Please note these are guesstimates made at the time of planning and subject to minor changes based on current conditions. 1=Accessible, 2=Easy, 3=Average, 4=Challenging, 5=Extreme.  For a more detailed description of Levels of difficulty click here.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOUR ADVENTURE
• For field trips, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in inside the center with the trip leader.  Field Trip leaders do a roll call check-in at the whiteboards inside the NGLVC and designate the area in the parking lot they will meet before they head off in the caravan.
• Please bring: insect repellent, water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, appropriate clothing and footwear, binoculars, a camera and a field guide. 
• For kayak trips, wear closed-toe shoes that will stay on and that you do not mind getting wet.
 
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival reserves the right to cancel a festival activity or substitute qualified presenters when necessary. If we cancel an event for any reason, a full refund will be issued. Should that unlikely occurrence become necessary, you will be notified as soon as possible. 
 
Registration can be canceled by email, fax or mail following this established Refund Policy: 
• Cancellations made by May 1, 2024, will be refunded at 50% of the total cost paid. 
• Cancellations made after May 1, 2024, will not be refunded.