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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
Perkinstown Winter Sports Area
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Come Visit With A Vulture! An educator from Raptor Education Group Inc. (REGI) will give a presentation with a live vulture, as well as three hawks and/or owls. You won't want to miss this program that starts at 11 am.

International Migratory Bird Day Poster

People of all ages are invited to come for all or part of the day to celebrate the Spring return of the birds we all love to see and hear. Admission is free.

The birds that spent the winter in the southern United States, Central America, and South America are coming back north. Some will spend the rest of the spring and summer right here in Central Wisconsin, while others only stop for a brief visit to rest as they head to Canada and points north.

Taylor County, Wisconsin, is a great place to see and enjoy birds. It was named a "Bird City" in 2011.


About International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is the brainchild of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). IMBD is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Each year IMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. For further information you can visit the IMBD web site at www.birdday.org

Created in 1993, IMBD is now hosted at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults.

International Migratory Bird Day 2017 highlights the importance of stop-over habitat for birds that are migrating through our area on their way to nesting grounds in the north. Hundreds of species of birds, including many once-common songbirds are declining in the United States. These declines can largely be attributed to loss or degradation of habitat. There are things everyone can do to help protect birds and their habitats - from landscaping for birds to keeping cats indoors, as well as providing nesting boxes and feeders for birds.

The Chequamegon Bird Club (C.B.C.) will host the International Migratory Bird Day at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area on May 13, 2017. The day-long activities are geared for families and there is no skill level required to participate. Festivities begin with a 6 am birding walk and activities continued throughout the day, including a bus tour (and bird watching stops) of the Miller Dam Lake area. Come, learn and enjoy!


Event Schedule for Perkinstown Winter Sports Area

Activities are planned for all ages from 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Many of the activities take place outdoors. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and nature trails. If you have binoculars and a bird identification book, bring them along to make viewing and identification easier. If you don't have any, Club members can share as we walk along the trail.

Be sure to dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes appropriate for wet and muddy trails.

You can print a copy of the schedule by downloading the PDF file.

Morning Activities
6:00 a.m. Guided Early Bird Watching Walk - learn to identify the birds we see and hear Outdoor - hilly terrain
7:30 a.m. Guided Bird Watching Walk Outdoor - hilly terrain
9:00 a.m. Guided Spring Wildflower Walk and I.D. Birds seen on the Walk Outdoor - hilly terrain
10:00 a.m. Beginner Birder - Bird Identification at the chalet
11:00 a.m. Visit with Hector (the live vulture) and his raptor friends - Presentation by Raptor Education Group, Inc. from Antigo, WI at the chalet
Noon Lunch (free will offering) and Door Prizes awarded at the Chalet
Afternoon Activities
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Free Bus Tour - around Chequamegon Waters (Miller Dam) to look for and identify waterfowl, other water birds, and any other birds we see.
Door Prizes on the bus include fishing pole/kits and t-shirts
Sponsored by Miller Dam Lake Association
Meet at the Chalet for boarding

Ongoing Activities throughout the day:

  Many thanks to these organizations who sponsor the event:

     * Chequamegon Bird Club
     * Taylor County Sportsman's Club
     * Taylor County Tourism Committee
     * Miller Dam Lake Association
     * County Market - Medford
     * Nasonville Dairy
     * Kwik Trip - Medford
     * US Forest Service
     * Taylor County Buildings, Grounds & Parks
     * Deb and Mike Schaefer
     * DIC-WISCO Farm


Map to Perkinstown Winter Sports Area
N4168 Winter Sports Road
Medford, WI 54451


Photos of 2016 IMBD Activites

Even the snow didn't dampen the fun! When a brief break in the clouds let the sun burst through, Ann celebrated!

Bird Walk in the Snow Bird Walk in the Sun

REGI (Raptor Education Group, Inc.) brought five birds (Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Great Horned Owl) and did a great presentation.

REGI educator with live Turkey Vulture American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon with handlers
Bluebird House Construction


Kurt Staab helps a young girl and her grandmother build a Bluebird Box while an interested friend watches.

Previous Year Photos:

Pam Resech from Mead Wildlife Area gave a presentation about birds. She brought along a rescued Eastern Screech-Owl that is now used for education purposes. In the second picture, a guest showed off a pair of "owly" glasses.

Eastern Screech Owl Young person wearing bird glasses
Ovenbird seen during IMBD bird walk


This Ovenbird was seen and photographed during the early morning bird walk in the woods at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area.

Family viewing waterfowl from dock


A family enjoys the view across Chequamegon Waters during one of the stops taken on the bus tour of the Miller Dam Lake area.

Youngsters observing an Eastern Screech-Owl Presenter with Eastern Screech-Owl Presenter with Eastern Screech-Owl Eastern Screech-Owl sitting on perch
Bird City banner over fireplace at IMBD event

Taylor County, Wisconsin is a designated "Bird City".
The banner was displayed at the International Migratory Bird Day event.