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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.

Send us your email and we will add you to our eblast list.  When information for next years event becomes available you will be notified.  Please add me to the Chequamegon Bird and Nature Festival E-blast list.

Click here for a downloadable version of the 2020 Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival Booklet.  This is a large file and may take a moment to download.

When registration opens on April 14th at 10am you can register for the 2020 Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival 2 ways:

When registration is open you will:  

  • Click here for a downloadable registration form.  (starting April 13) Print out the form, choose your activities (have a back up just  in case an activity is full) and then call our office between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday.
  • Click here for Online registration  (April 14 at 10am) note… there is a fee for online registration.
  • or stop in our office 1716 West Lake Shore Dr., Ashland, WI.

Tips for registering online: 

  • Coming soon

Register on or before May 1st to take advantage of special “Early Bird” discounts.
2020 registration costs:

    Early Bird   After May 1st
 Pass   $25.00
3-day Pass   $52.00   $59.00

Family = Adults and their dependent children.

Day Pass   $50.00    $59.00
3-day Pass   $99.95   $109.95


Additional Costs:
While most sessions are covered by the registration fee, a few sessions have some additional costs for participants. Whenever there is an additional costs involved in a particular session it will be indicated in the activity description and table.

Would you like to donate to the 2020 Great Wisconsin Birdathon?  
When you register for the Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival you will be asked if you are interested in donating.  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, including work on owls, Kirtland’s Warblers, Whooping Cranes, migratory birds and more. Read about their Big Day last year here.  Thank you!

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.

Registrations can be cancelled by email, fax or mail following this established Refund Policy:

Cancellations made by April 10, 2019 will be refunded in full.
Cancellations made by May 1, 2019 will be refunded at 50% of the total cost paid.
Cancellations made after May 1, 2019 will not be refunded.


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