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Festival Schedule

We are so sorry but due to COVID-19 we have cancelled the 2020 Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival.  For more information on the fest cancellation click here.

This year we have 114 activities to choose from. New activities are indicated with a “new” stamp next to the activity.  We are continuing with the Dinner Banquet on Friday night at Northland College.  Don’t miss the Silent Auction and Social prior to the dinner and Friday’s keynote speakers will talk about the Apostle Island National Lakeshore celebrating their 50th Anniversary.  Learn about the Apostle Islands’ past and how to become part of its future protection by participating in one or more of the special activities at this year’s festival.  You are sure to enjoy this evening! 

2020 Festival Schedule.
 Downloadable version of the 2020 Festival Schedule.


All start and end times include round-trip traveling time from the 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 participant to be at the correct location at the correct time. Refunds will not be given for missed attendance.


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 and ferry fees are payable at the time of the activity.


  • Field Trip: Usually outdoors and may include a guided tour on foot, by boat or kayak.
  • Program: In-depth presentations, generally indoors with visual materials and a speaker.


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!

All start and end times include round-trip traveling time from the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC). Each off-site activity will have a group departing from NGLVC. It is the responsibility of the trip participant to be at the correct location at the correct time. Be sure to allow enough travel time between programs and field trips. Refer to the mileage key and map in the Guide Booklet. Refunds will not be given for missed attendance. 

All Friday Night Programs (May 15, 2020) take place at Northland College.

Transportation for field trips and other activities is not provided by the festival. We strongly encourage carpooling with fellow participants to reduce our carbon footprint, save money, better stay together, and facilitate parking at field sites. Plus it’s a great way to make new friends! Beware some trips may involve rough unpaved roads – medium- to high-clearance vehicles are recommended. 

1. All registration packets are to be picked up at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Be sure to check in at the Center and receive your packet. 
2. For field trips, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to check in with the trip leader.
3. Please bring: insect repellent, water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, appropriate clothing and footwear, binoculars, a camera and a field guide. 
4. For kayak trips, wear closed-toe shoes that will stay on and that you do not mind getting wet.

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.
1. Accessible to people with walking disabilities
2. Easy hike or paddle under one mile in length on mostly level terrain
3. Average hike or paddle up to three miles in length, possibly with some small hills or brief time off-trail
4. Steeper terrain, long hike three to five miles in length, extensive time off-trail, or a rigorous paddle trip
5. Extreme conditions such as mostly off-trail, very steep, difficult paddling, or a hike more than five miles in length

Registration Hours at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on the Festival weekend are:
Wednesday,  May 13      1:00 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 14           6:00 a.m.  to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15                 6:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16            8:00 a.m.  to 11:00 a.m.
This is where you would pick up your name tag and any other information needed for the festival.
For lodging information go to

2020 Festival Schedule
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