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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 21, 2019 Sparrow Identification by Ron Draeger
Discussion of Christmas Bird Count Results
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
February 18, 2019 Fight For Flight
a video about how birds deal with the yearly phenomenon of migration
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
March 18, 2019 Atlas II
Nick Anich, atlas coordinator and a DNR conservation biologist will present a program about Atlas II which is in its fifth and final year of data collection.
Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
April 15, 2019 Election of Officers Abby Bank, 215 S. 8th Street, Medford
May 4, 2019 World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Watch for further details and list of events
May 20, 2019 Bird Walk & Campfire meeting (indoors if raining)
Bird walk starts at 5:30 PM, Campfire and meeting at 6:30 PM
Dress appropriately. Trails may be wet. Bring bug/tick repellent.
You may bring hot dogs and smores makings, utensils and chairs.
Medford School Forest
8 1/2 miles east of Medford on HWY 64 on the south side of the road. (1/2 mile east of where CTY RD C goes north of HWY 64)
June 17, 2019 Annual Picnic - Bird walk at 5:30pm, meal at 6:30pm (indoors if raining)
Judy Rau will furnish BBQ and Sue Vick will bring home-made buns. Desserts also supplied. Please bring a dish to pass, along with your beverage, plates and utensils. You may want to bring mosquito repellent.
Medford School Forest
8 1/2 miles east of Medford on HWY 64 on the south side of the road. (1/2 mile east of where CTY RD C goes north of HWY 64)
July 15, 2019 Share Favorite Birding Photos Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
August 19, 2019 Habitat and Season as Birding Tools - National Geographic film Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
September 16, 2019
Migrating Bird Collisions - new technology to try to minimize the problem Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
October 21, 2019 Annual Banquet (Reservations required by October 13)
Social time begins at 5:30pm, dinner will be served at 6:30

Special Guest Speaker: Linda Parker, a USFS Forest Ecologist, will discuss the 30 year bird monitoring program in Chequamegon and Nicolet Forests

Tickets are $15 and reservations are required.
Call: Cam Scott 715-785-7614
Phone reservations may be paid at the banquet.
Cancellations should be received before Oct. 13 for refund.
Centennial Community Center
412 E Centennial Ave., Stetsonville
3 blocks east of HWY 13, 1 block north of CTY RD A
November 18, 2019 TBA Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford
December 16, 2019 Annual Winter Party and Silent Auction 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 2019
Date Location Contact
May 4, 2019 World Migratory Bird Day
Bird and wildflower walks, REGI presentation with live birds; Displays. For more details of the day's events see International Migratory Bird Day Celebration.
May 17, 2019 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
May 18, 2019 Field Trip to Mead Wildlife Area
Meet at 7 AM at Mead entrance, S2148 HWY S (which is south of HWY C in Marathon County)
For carpooling or more information call Joe at 715-965-3498
May 20, 2019 Pre-meeting bird walk
Meet at 6:00 PM at the Medford School Forest
Meeting to follow 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 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