Festivals

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April
IMBD 3/23 – 4/30 Prairie du Chien Timberdoodle Dance Courtship of the American Woodcock. La Riviere Park (62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd). Various evenings during these dates. Call 608-326-2718 for info & guided tours.  
IMBD 4/11 Algoma Bird City Algoma Activities to be held at the Algoma Youth Club between 9:00 am – noon include: 8:45 am “Feathered Friends” a slideshow by Robert Kuhn; 10:00 am Entomology talk by Dr. Draney; 11:00 am “Safe Lawns for a Healthier Environment” by Patrick Fitzgerald. Online
IMBD 4/11 McFarland 5th Annual Bird Festival Free activities for all ages from 9:00 am-noon at the Lewis Park Pavilion. Spotting scopes will be available on the observation deck overlooking Lower Mud Lake to watch waterfowl.  Birding experts will be available to answer questions and a professional photographer will be on hand to give tips on photographing birds. Booths with educational games, face-painting, nature journaling, and the latest ‘apps’ and technologies for identifying birds will be open for all to participate in the park pavilion. Beverages and pastries from the McFarland House Café will be available again this year. Event
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IMBD 4/25 New London Feather Fest This all-day event contains a variety of active outdoor events, educational sessions, and activities for young birders. Please see the detailed event flyer for further information. Event
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IMBD 4/28 Fond du Lac How to Improve Urban Habitat Bryan Lenz, Director of Bird City Wisconsin, will be speaking with residents about the ways that they can make Fond du Lac a friendlier place for birds. 6:30-8:00 pm at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Online
May
IMBD 5/1 Fond du Lac Bird Walk Lead by Terry Leasa. Meet at 6:00 pm in the parking lot of the Camelot Business Park to observe waterfowl, possible Woodcocks, song birds, and bats at dusk. Online
IMBD 5/2 Fond du Lac Bird Walk Lead by Terry Leasa. Meet at 9:00 am at the entrance to Greenway Arboretum (park on the west side of Pick and Save’s parking lot). Spring migrants and residents. Online
IMBD 5/2 Fond du Lac Bird Walk Lead by Terry Leasa. Meet at 1:00 pm at Lakeside Park (west of Main Street at shelter across from bathrooms). Spring migrants and residents. Online
IMBD 5/2 Fox Point 4th Annual IMBD Bird Walk Meet in the parking lot of Doctor’s Park at 8:00 am for a guided bird walk. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. The walk is expected to go until 9:30 am. Event
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  5/2 Milwaukee Natural Landscape Conference The Milwaukee Audubon Society is holding its 35th annual Natural Landscapes Conference “Conservation Heroes: Honoring Wisconsin.” The event runs from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Concordia University’s Center for Environmental Stewardship. Online
IMBD 5/2 Oshkosh Oshkosh Bird Fest 6:00 am – 2:00 pm at Menominee Park. Events include a big sit, bird banding demonstration, bird walks, exhibits, a program on Eagles & Osprey, live birds of prey, children’s activities, and concession. Event
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IMBD 5/2 Oshkosh Student Bird Art Exhibit From 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Downtown Oshkosh Gallery Walk. Student artwork and much more! Event
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IMBD 5/2 River Falls Wings of Spring The St. Croix Valley Bird Club’s 5th annual bird festival, Wings of Spring! is being held on Saturday, May 2nd from 10am-3pm at River Falls City Hall and along the White Pathway. Parking is available in the City Hall lot on Lewis Street or at the Maple Street parking lot (at the trailhead to the White Pathway). For directions click here.
Rain or shine, this event offers hands-on educational activities including bird identification, conservation tips, citizen science, crafts, and live raptors. Connect with other local conservation based organizations and bid in a silent auction.
8:30 AM Early Bird Hike (this is in addition to ongoing hikes beginning at 10am) along the White Pathway (meet at the Maple Street parking lot.) Bring your binoculars and join the fun!
11:00 AM Brian Collins, contract ornithologist with the Wisconsin DNR, will share his fascinating experiences doing backcountry bird surveys.
1:00 PM Jessika Madison Kennedy, Avian Nursery Coordinator at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of MN will provide an insightful look into the work that they do rehabbing birds and wildlife, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the local native environment.
With our thanks to the crew from Carpenter Nature Center there will be bird banding along the nearby White Pathway on the Kinnickinnic River. Last year they banded 14 birds in spite of a cool and wet start to the day.
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IMBD 5/2 Whitefish Bay Green Day in the Bay 9:00 am – noon at Cahill Square. This year's Green Day in the Bay will feature dozens of artist-designed birdhouses available for purchase via silent auction. Interesting facts about birds, their environment, Wisconsin migratory patterns, etc. will be attached to each house.
Sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club, and the Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District.
 
IMBD 5/7 Whitefish Bay Wine and Stroll Evening "Wine and Stroll" on Silver Spring and the culmination of the birdhouse silent auction.  View the artist-designed bird houses on display in Whitefish Bay retail and business locations, enjoy a glass of wine, shop Silver Spring, and place your final bids on the houses.  The birdhouse auction concludes on this special evening. Sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club, and the Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District.  
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Marinette Pond Road Birdfest Chappee Rapids Audubon Society will hold its 2nd Annual Birdfest on May 8th & 9th at the observation deck on Pond Road. The festival will begin on Friday night with an “Evening at the Marsh” at the deck from 7:00 till 9:00 where club members will be listening and watching for night birds, frogs, etc. Saturday events will begin at sunrise where birds will be counted as they are heard or as they fly over. From 6:00-10:00 am there will also be live bird banding.

Members will be guiding bird walks that begin at 8:00 and will go throughout the day. At 1:00 a “Bird Talk” will be given by Greg Cleereman about his “Birds-On-A-Stick”. This will be most interesting for beginner birders or children as the birds can be seen up close.

To find the deck, take Shore Dr. south, at University it becomes Co BB, follow that for approx. 7 miles, take a left onto Pond Road and go approx. ½ mile to the deck. There will be a sign at Pond Road.

For more info go to www.craudubon.com or call 715-732-1277
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IMBD 5/8 – 5/10 Presque Isle Festival of the Birds This multi-day event includes several guided birding tours, several workshops on bird watching for birders of all skill levels (novice-advanced), a presentation by George L. Armistead, a Fun Festival Reception with food, friends, and music, and much more! Event
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IMBD 5/8 – 5/11 Horicon Horicon Marsh Bird Festival This four-day event has a variety of free and fee programs including tours, boat tours, hummingbird banding, smartphone birding, a banding demonstration for kids, and a variety of interactive displays and programs. Event
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IMBD 5/9 Ferryville IMBD Hike Participants should meet at the Ferryville Village Hall (Hwy. 35, south end of Ferryville) at 7:30 AM for registration, treats, and directions.  Several guides will accompany the group to the trailhead for a family hike through the wooded area in search of spring migrants.  At the end of the trail, there is a gorgeous vista of the Mississippi River.  The hike will be from 8-10 AM and will be followed by a showing of the film “Mysteries of the Driftless” at Village Hall. Event
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IMBD 5/9 Prairie du Chien Two Bird Walks Bird Walks held at two locations: La Riviere Park, meet at the park barn prior to 8 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and foot gear. Binoculars and bird identification book recommended. 62036 Vineyard Coulee Rd, Prairie du Chien, 608-326-2718; and Effigy Mounds National Monument, meet at 10 a.m.,  Hwy 76, N of Marquette, IA, 563-873-3491 ext. 202. Online
  5/9 Two Rivers Birds on Your Landscape Workshop Join the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative at the Woodland Dunes Nature Center as they provide information and expertise that will help you to make a small investment in your habitat to create a big benefit for migratory birds. Online
IMBD 5/9 Taylor County International Migratory Bird Day Celebration Join Taylor County at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area from 6:00 AM – 4:30 PM for an event designed for people of all ages. Activities will include morning bird and wildflower walks, habitat restoration, and an afternoon bus tour of birding sites. Lunch will be provided with a bird talk including a live owl. All events are free of charge and hosted by the Chequamegon Bird Club. Online
IMBD 5/16 Ozaukee County For the Birds Ozaukee County’s annual IMBD celebration will be held at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The day includes multiple birding tours, a nature photography workshop, live raptor display, discussion of the Cedar Heights Gorge, bird house contest, silent auction, “State of the Birds” talk by Bill Mueller, and a tenderloin luncheon featuring locally grown food. The events are free apart from the luncheon, which features locally grown food and costs $10. Event
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IMBD 5/16 Grantsburg Crex Meadows Bird Fest This fest is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders at one of the largest state owned wildlife areas in Wisconsin.  Join birding experts through field trips to local birding hotspots, following presentations and demonstrations at the visitor center. Online
June
IMBD 6/5 - 6/7 Three Lakes IMBD Celebration Friday evening begins with a Meet & Greet from 5 to 7 p.m. with a fun casual evening at the newly remodeled Three Lakes Center for the Arts Theater. This is a rare opportunity to meet Laura Erickson, our keynote speaker. Mingle among friends, other bird enthusiasts, and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and the movie, “Birders – The Central Park Effect”.      Adults-$20, Students-$10, Under-13 Free.
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Saturday will be filled with family oriented activities beginning with an early morning bird walk at 6:30 a.m., bird banding demonstration from 7-9 a.m., and a wild flower hike from 10-11 a.m. - all held within the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area, just north of Three Lakes at the parking area on Rice Lake Road.  Finishing the events on Saturday will be the Michael and Kathi Rock’s presentation, “Landscaping Secrets For Attracting More Hummingbirds” at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts starting at 1PM.  
This presentation, like all of the events held Saturday are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
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IMBD 6/5 - 6/7 Menomonie Birds, Bugs & Bloom Bash This three-day event is sponsored by the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society. There will be indoor activities at UW Stout’s Memorial Student Center in Menomonie, including keynote speakers Friday and Saturday nights, a Night Sky Program at Beaver Creek Reserve following the Saturday keynote address, and field trips throughout the Chippewa Valley including prairie walks, bird banding, blue bird monitoring, wildlife photography, birding by canoe, and conservation discussions. Online
  6/6 Middleton National Trails Day Come celebrate the arrival of summer at the City of Middleton’s National Trails Day! The City will host the 10th annual event on Saturday, June 6 from 9 am to noon at Orchid Heights Park on Valley Ridge Road in Middleton. Enjoy activities such as bird watching, a walk, a dog walk, a bike ride, accessible trail tram rides and horse and wagon rides. Event
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  6/27 Oconto Nature Festival This event will be held at Copper Culture State Park and will include raptor education with live birds, Zombie from the Brown County Zoo, Wisconsin Native Dancers, children’s activities, guided nature walks, the opening of bluebird boxes, a chain saw artist, and much more! Event
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September
IMBD 9/19 Kenosha Fall Fun Fest: Bird & Butterflies This event will be held at Pringle Nature Center from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Activities include a falconer, butterfly taggin, hayrides, bird crafts, and more Event
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November
  11/7 Ferryville Fall Migration Day The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring an event at River View Park, in downtown Ferryville, at the flag pole on Saturday, November 7 from 9-11 AM.  Several scopes will be set up for viewing the fall migrants on the Mississippi River.  Treats will also be available.  This is a family activity and for birders of all levels.  
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