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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 15, 2024 Discussion and exploring the Birds Canada MarshWatch website found at https://www.birdscanada.org/bird-science/marsh-watch Also discussion of Christmas Bird Count Results Francis L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map), Medford, Wisconsin.
February 19, 2024 Jennifer Chrudimky from Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Rib Mountain will present information on the huge loss of breeding birds and what we can do about it. Francis L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map), Medford, Wisconsin.
March 18, 2024 TBD TBD
April 15, 2024 Program TBD - Election of Officers Francis L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map), Medford, Wisconsin.
May 20, 2024 TBD TBD
June 17, 2024 TBD Francis L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map), Medford, Wisconsin.
July 15, 2024 TBD TBD
August 19, 2024 TBD TBD
September 16, 2024 TBD TBD
October 21, 2024 Annual Banquet TBD
November 18, 2024 TBD Francis L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map), Medford, Wisconsin.
December 16, 2024 Holiday Party - silent auction, trivia contest and seasonal treats Francis L. Simek Memorial Library (click for location map), Medford, Wisconsin.


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.

C.B.C. Field Trips and Special Events
Date Location Contact
December 14, 2023 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 16, 2023 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
December 20,2023 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 - 715-255-2348
December 29, 2023 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
January 2, 2024 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 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:
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