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2022 Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival – We’re BACK!

Dear friends and bird lovers,
We are pleased to announce the return of the Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival to be held May 19-21, 2022, in Ashland, Wisconsin. In light of public health concerns and to provide the safest atmosphere possible, this year’s event will feature a reduced number of field trips, smaller group sizes, and no indoor activities of any kind.
Despite these changes, you can expect many of the same things that have made this festival one of the best in the Midwest – great birds, beautiful destinations, expert trip leaders, and time spent in nature with old and new friends alike.
We have scheduled field trips each morning and afternoon, plus several evening trips, yielding more than 40 field trip opportunities over the three-day event. Attendance will be capped at 15 participants per trip and participants will be limited to signing up for no more than 4 tripsCost will be $20 per person, per activity.

Below is a link to the activities that will be offered in 2022.  Please look over the list and start planning what activities you would like to participate in.  

Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival Committee
Ryan Brady, Neil Howk, Wendy Stein, Susan Nelson, Mary McPhetridge and JoAnn Erickson
Here is a:

To register call 715-682-2500.

    Review the activities list. In 2022 we have a maximum of 4 activities per person for the 3 festival days.
  • All activities will have a maximum of 15 participants.
  • Make sure to have a backup choice in case your first choice is already booked.
  • Please be prepared to register when you call so we can expedite our registration process quickly. Please Note: We are here to help you so if you have ANY questions about activities, please call us prior to registration and we can help you. (We will not be able to take registrations until March 21st). 715-682-2500
  • No ONLINE or Mail in registration process this year due to the limited numbers of activities per person.
  • Did we say, please have all of your pertinent information ready when calling to register, i.e., Credit Card number, first choice, alternative choice in case your first choice is filled, and, if you have questions, call us now and find out your answers – we are here to help. 715-682-2500.
  • Registration will be by Phone only (no Online or Mail In) 715-682-2500

Cost will be $20.00 per person per activity.  Attendance will be capped at 15 participants per trip and participants will be limited to signing up for no more than 4 trips.  FREE Activities 4, 31 and 41 do not count towards your max of 4 activities for the 3 days.
While most activities are covered by the registration fee, a few activities have some additional costs for participants. Whenever there is an additional cost involved in a particular activity it will be indicated in the activity description and table. Parking fees are payable at the time of the activity.
All start and end times include round-trip traveling time from the David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC).  Each off-site activity will have a group departing from NGLVC. However, some activities located in communities around the bay will also have a local meeting point and time listed in their descriptions so you can start at that site for your convenience. It is the responsibility of the trip participant to be at the correct location at the correct time. Refunds will not be given for missed attendance.
All 2022 activities are outdoor FIELD TRIPS that feature guided tours on foot, by car, or kayak.
Transportation for field trips is not provided by the festival. Be aware 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.
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 their 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!
Numerical categories ranging from 1-5 that 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. Find the difficulty level with the activity type, in bold.
Accessible to people with walking disabilities
Easy hike or paddle under one mile in length on mostly level terrain
Average hike or paddle up to three miles in length, possibly with some small hills or brief time off-trail
Steeper terrain, long hike three to five miles in length, extensive time off-trail, or a rigorous paddle trip
Extreme conditions such as mostly off-trail, very steep, difficult paddling, or a hike more than five miles in length
• For field trips, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to check in with the trip leader.
• 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.
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. 
Registrations will be cancelled by email, fax or mail following this established Refund Policy: 
• Cancellations made by May 1, 2022 will be refunded at 50% of the total cost paid. 
• Cancellations made after May 1, 2022 will not be refunded. 

Please note:  Please help us reduce the spread of COVID, and consider the following healthy behaviors when planning your trip to Ashland & Bayfield Counties. 

  • Stay Home when Appropriate – if you are not feeling well
  • Physical (Social) Distancing 
  • Wear Masks when appropriate 
  • Sanitize – Wash and sanitize your hands frequently

Bayfield County Health Department
Ashland County Health Department

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