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Monthly Meetings and Other C.B.C. Activities

The Chequamegon Bird Club (C.B.C.) has at least one scheduled meeting each month. The normal meeting date is on the 3rd Monday of the month and the usual meeting place is in the Large Conference Room at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map) in the city of Medford, Wisconsin.

Unless otherwise indicated, the monthly meetings begin at 7:00 pm and consist of two parts - the business meeting and the program segment.

During the business meeting, items related to the C.B.C. organization are discussed as well as "What's Around?", where members relate their observations of bird species and the activities they've noted since the last meeting.

During the program or entertainment segment members or guest speakers provide interesting discussions, slide shows and movies on a wide range of natural history subjects.

The meetings are FREE! Guests and prospective C.B.C. members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings.


C.B.C. Monthly Meetings (Normal meeting time is 7:00 PM unless indicated otherwise)
Date Program Location
January 17, 2022 Synopsis of Christmas Bird Count Results; Highlights of special sightings; information on free Avenza Maps app Zoom meeting
February 21, 2022 A Misunderstood Stork - video Zoom meeting
March 21, 2022 Effects of Lead Shot on Different Species Zoom Meeting
April 18, 2022 Zoom Meeting Zoom Meeting
May 20, 2022 WMBD event - 6:30am For directions and map see World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
June 20, 2022 - CANCELED Canceled TBA
July 18, 2022 6:00 PM Bird Walk at Medford Mill Pond foot bridge
Meeting to follow at the Medford Library
The meeting will also be available on Zoom. Zoom - Meeting ID: 3856 2279 6584.
August 15, 2022 7:00 PM short meeting followed by viewing at the Luepke pond for shorebirds, cranes and other species Ken Luepke farm pond located at 103058 Eau Pleine Rd, Spencer, WI 54479
Meeting will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
September 19, 2022 TBA TBA
October 17, 2022 TBA TBA
November 21, 2022 TBA TBA
December 19, 2022 TBA TBA

C.B.C. Field Trips, Events and Special Activities

The Chequamegon Bird Club was organized after author and ornithologist, Sam Robbins, conducted classes on bird watching and identification. The group that met with him wanted to continue to meet and learn. For prospective members, it may be helpful to review some of the programs and activities we have enjoyed in the past.

Field trips have been taken to Horicon Marsh, Rex Ruesch farm, Taylor County Blue Heron rookery, Raptor Center at Antigo, Hawk Ridge, the Taylor County Historical Museum, and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Our picnics have been held at Timm's Hill, Cherokee Park, the Medford School Forest, Simek Library, and various member homes. If you would like to be contacted when we are taking our next field trip, contact Gayle Davis, our trip coordinator.

C.B.C. Field Trips and Special Events
Date Location Contact
May 22, 2022 World Migratory Bird Day
Go to World Migratory Bird Day for more information.
 
July 18, 2022 Pre-meeting Bird Walk along the Medford Riverwalk
We will meet at the foot bridge at Medford Mill Pond at 6:00 for a pre-meeting bird walk
 

Programs: We have benefited from viewing photographs taken by members and slides from the Wisconsin Ornithological Society. Movies and videos from our files and from the Medford Public Library have been shown. Members have produced and shared bird videos. Topics and speakers have included specialists on bird banding, raptors, four seasons in the north woods, Sandhill Crane counts, other bird counts, various wildlife areas, International Crane Foundation, the Leigh Yawkey Museum, bird breeding trends in national forests, evolution of birds, birds and birders as seen by cartoonists, ways of attracting birds, West Nile Virus, migratory game birds, bird identification, central Wisconsin grassland conservation, effects of global warming on birds, and bird eggs and incubation. Some theme sessions have included specific birds such as Baltimore Orioles, stories of favorite birds, "Books on Your Bookshelf", and "Nature's Lunch Box" a potluck of foods found in the wild for birds and people. Non-bird topics have included bear tagging, wolves, bats, invasive species, butterfly gardening, DNR budget cuts, and the Ice Age Trail.

How-to sessions included making suet balls and birdhouse and feeder construction. Nature photographers have shared their expertise in how to photograph birds. Wood carvers have displayed their work.

Other activities have included hosting the World Migratory Bird Day events at Perkinstown Winter Sports Area, working with 5th grade students at the Taylor County Youth Expo, sales at the Farmers' Market, and displays at a Land Stewardship Conference. We have raised funds to send a youth leader to a session at the Trees for Tomorrow camp.

Ours has been an active, vibrant group and new members, regardless of birding skills, are welcome to join!

Ongoing Activities:
Postage Stamp Collecting - Save any postage stamps (foreign or domestic and in good condition) to be collected as a fund raising project for England's Royal Society For Protection of Birds in Great Britain. Money from the project will be used to establish wildlife preserves. Stamps can be turned in to any C.B.C. member.
May
World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Taylor County Youth Expo Booth The Expo is attended by about 350 students from Taylor and Price Counties. The students sample various outdoor activities sponsored by clubs and agencies from the Medford area.
June
Breeding Bird Surveys
December
Christmas Bird Counts