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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 16, 2017 Cancelled due to weather Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
February 20, 2017 Red-shouldered Hawks presented by Joe Scott
Part of Joe's work involves locating nests in Price and Taylor Counties. This information is then used to select where area logging is permitted without disturbing their nests. Joe will have personal experiences of this small forest buteo plus tips for identification.
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
March 20, 2017 Cathy Mauer and Gayle Davis will regale us with stories of their recent bird watching trip to Texas. Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
April 17, 2017 Election of Officers, then Discussion of Spring migrants
pre-meeting bird walk at 7pm (weather permitting)
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
May 13, 2017 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Perkinstown Winter Sports Area
Location is 16 miles west of Medford on HWY 64 and 4 miles north on Road 119 (Winter Sports Road)
Watch for further details and list of events
May 15, 2017 “Secret Routes of Migratory Birds” - video
and Review of the May 13 International Migratory Bird Day
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
June 19, 2017 Annual Picnic at the Medford School Forest - eight miles east of Medford on Highway 64. Bird walk at 5:30pm, meal at 6:30pm
The Bird Club will furnish BBQ, hot dogs and buns. Please bring a dish to pass, along with your beverage, plates and utensils. You may want to bring mosquito repellent.
July 17, 2017 “Birding in Cuba” - Claire Romanak
Bird Walk at 6 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
August 21, 2017 “Birding Basics—Bird Origins and Taxonomy” Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
September 18, 2017
Prairie Establishment and Maintenance
Time: 6:00 PM - Prairie/Bird Walk
7:00 PM - Meeting
Place:Scott and Peggy Stalheim Residence at N2207 Cardinal Drive
Directions: Take Highway "O" about 3 1⁄2 miles west of Highway 13. Cardinal Drive is a dead end road south. Or, if you come from the west, take O east off of Highway 64 for about 4 1⁄2 miles. Cardinal Drive is located between Castle Road and Sunset Drive. When you get to their driveway, you still have a winding quarter mile drive west to get to their buildings.
Stalheim Prairie
N2207 Cardinal Drive
Medford, WI
October 16, 2017 Annual Banquet (Reservations required by October 6)
Social time begins at 6pm, dinner will be served at 6:30

Special Guest Speaker: Steve Betchkal, author of two books about birds

Tickets are $15 and reservations are required by October 6.
Call: Cam Scott 715-785-7614
Phone reservations may be paid at the banquet. Cancellations should be received before Oct. 6 for refund.
American Legion Hall in Stetsonville
November 20, 2017 Open Discussion Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford

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, Krug's Game Farm, Emu ranch, 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 for 2017-2018
Date Location Contact
April 29, 2017 Taylor County Maple Fest Booth
Come visit our booth at the Taylor County Lions Maple Fest in the fairgrounds at the corner of Highways 13 and 64 in Medford from 8am to 4pm.
May 13, 2017 International Migratory Bird Day - Perkinstown Sports Area
Bird and wildflower walks, REGI presentation with live birds; Birding Bus tour of Miller Dam Lake area, Displays. For more details of the day's events see International Migratory Bird Day Celebration.
May 19, 2017 Taylor County Youth Expo - Fairgrounds
Bird Club will once again have a booth and activities for 5th grade students from Taylor, Price, and other counties as part of a fun-filled outdoor day. Sponsored by Taylor County Sportsman's Club
October 7, 2017 3rd Annual Crane Watch (weather permitting)
Directions : Traveling on Hwy 13 - 1 mile North of Spencer to EauPleine Rd., East 1 -1/2 miles to Ken’s on the left (North side of the road)
Anyone wishing to do a short fieldtrip to see the Whooping Cranes meet by 4 p.m. To just watch the Sandhills coming to roost, be there at 6:30. At this time there is approximately 400-500 coming in . There will be a campfire, please bring chairs and dress for the weather.
Ken at 715-659-3910
December 17, 2017 (tentative) Owen Christmas Bird Count
Please be sure to fill your feeders if you live in this area to help the people doing the bird counts!
Gayle Davis - 715-229-2022
December - TBA Spencer Christmas Bird Count
Please be sure to fill your feeders if you live in this area to help the people doing the bird counts!
Connie Decker - 715-654-5819
or Ken Luepke - 715-659-3910 or Cell 715-613-0262
December - TBA Willard Christmas Bird Count
Please be sure to fill your feeders if you live in this area to help the people doing the bird counts!
Connie Decker - 715-654-5819
or Ken Luepke - 715-659-3910 or Cell 715-613-0262
December 30, 2017 Medford Christmas Bird Count
Please be sure to fill your feeders if you live in this area to help the people doing the bird counts!
Joe Scott - 715-965-3498
TBA Gilman Christmas Bird Count
Please be sure to fill your feeders if you live in this area to help the people doing the bird counts!
Connie Decker @ 715-654-5819
or Ken Leupke - 715-659-3910 or Cell 715-613-0262

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 International 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.
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration held at Perkingstown Winter Sports Area
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.
Breeding Bird Surveys
Christmas Bird Counts