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Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival
May 18-20, 2023
Ashland, Wisconsin

Registration opens Tuesday, April 11th at 10am (phone in registration only- no online registration)

Attendance will be capped at 15 participants per field trip and each participants will be limited to signing up for no more than 4 field trips. Costs will be $20 per person per field trip and $15 per person per group of indoor programs on Thursday & Friday afternoons. Additional costs apply to some activities. Cruise, dinner, and keynote costs apply as listed.  Participants will be limited to signing up for no more than four field trips, excluding the pre-festival cruise, walk-in trips listed as FREE, indoor programs, Friday evening activities (38-41)

Below is a link to the activities that will be offered in 2023.  Please look over the list and start planning what activities you would like to participate in.  Registration will open on Tuesday, April 11th at 10am.  Please be prepared with all information needed when you call in to register. – Name, address, phone number, email address, credit card information and your first and second choices of activities.  
 
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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Please do not call prior to April 11th at 10am to register. We will have 4 lines active for registration. Please note the following:

  • Review the activities list. In 2023 we have a maximum of 4 field trip activities per person per festival period.  Additional activities that do not count towards the 4 field trips are the pre-festival cruise, walk-in trips listed as FREE, indoor programs, Friday evening activities (38-41)
  • 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. (However we will not be able to take registrations until April 11th).
  • 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) and opens at 10am CST on Tuesday, April 11th..

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 Stockton Island Cruise on Wednesday, May 17th.  Each off-site activity will have a group departing from NGLVC. However, some activities will also have a local meeting point and time listed in their descriptions as “optional” 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.
 
REGISTRATION FEES
Costs will be $20 per person per field trip and $15 per person per group of indoor programs on Thursday & Friday afternoons. Additional costs apply to some activities. Cruise, dinner, and keynote costs apply as listed.  Participants will be limited to signing up for no more than four field trips, excluding the pre-festival cruise, walk-in trips listed as FREE, indoor programs, Friday evening activities (38-41)
 
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!
 
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.
 
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

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOUR ADVENTURE
• 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.
 
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 will be cancelled by email, fax or mail following this established Refund Policy: 
• Cancellations made by May 1, 2023 will be refunded at 50% of the total cost paid. 
• Cancellations made after May 1, 2023 will not be refunded.