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  • Spring & Summer Events for 2017

    Join us for these Friends-sponsored events. Space is limited and pre-registration is requested. To register click on the Events tab. Walks are free and are open to the public; a $5 donation is appreciated.

    PLEASE - NO PETS ALLOWED

    Woodcocks and Frogs

    Thursday, April 20, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

    At dusk it’s time to dance – for the woodcocks. Join Jim Reinartz and Kate Redmond for the first hike of spring at the Cedarburg Bog. If temperatures are mild, the early spring frog chorus will be noisy. Be sure to bring a flashlight!

     

    Mammals of our Area

    Sunday, April 23, 9:00 AM to noon

    From howling coyotes to otters and flying squirrels, find out about the mammal species that may call the Bog home. Julia Robson works for Milwaukee County’s Wildlife Monitoring Program. Through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, Julia will explore with participants evidence of the warm blooded residents of the Bog.

     

    Frogs (and maybe Woodcocks)

    Thursday, May 4, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

    Most Woodcocks are settled on nests, but we’ll listen for the last of the sky-dancers and the late spring species of frogs. Bring a flashlight; boots not needed.

     

    Bird Walk for Spring Migrants

    Sunday, May 7, 7:00 to 9:00 AM

    Dr. Peter Dunn, UWM ornithologist and researcher of numerous avian studies in the Cedarburg Bog, will lead a bird walk in search of migrants and resident Bog birds. Think early warblers!!! Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

     

    At the North End of the Bog

    Sunday, May 14, 9:00 AM to noon

    What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day then exploring the trails at the north end of the Bog with Field Station Director Jim Reinartz! Meet in the parking lot on Highway 33 near Lakeland Rd. Note: No bathroom facilities.

     

    Spring Bird Walk

    Saturday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 AM

    Accompany John O’Donnell for an early morning walk and exploration of the upland woods, grasslands, and (of course) the Bog. Warblers and vireos should be on the move! Bring your binoculars, good hiking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

     

    Out of the Ice – Gifts from the Glaciers

    Sunday, May 21, 10:00 AM to noon

    Learn about the glaciers that covered Wisconsin and the gifts they left behind. Join naturalist Jim Ellis to explore the glacial landforms that contain and surround the Cedarburg Bog.

     

    Spring in the Bog

    Sunday, May 28, 9:00 AM to noon

    Witness the exuberance of spring birds, flowers, ferns, frogs and more in this wonderful wetland. Naturalist Kate Redmond will lead hikers to explore the Cedarburg Bog in this busy time of year.

     

    Late Spring Bird Walk

    Sunday, June 4, 6:30 to 8:30 AM

    Join Dani Baumann and John O’Donnell in search of early breeders and late migrants. We will especially be on the hunt for flycatchers, Indigo Buntings, and Scarlet Tanagers. Bring binoculars, good hiking shoes, and appropriate clothing.

     

    What’s Up in the Bog

    Sunday,June 11, 9:00 AM to noon

    As spring turns to summer, we’ll enjoy the calls of Sandhill Cranes and the self-harmonizing song of the Veery thrush as we see what’s in bloom along the boardwalk. Naturalist Kate Redmond will be leading the way.

     

    Ethnobotany

    Saturday,July 8, 9:00 AM to noon

    Wet areas provide the most diverse habitats for plants used by Great Lakes tribes. Join ethnobotanist Lee Olsen and find out what can be learned from the Indian names. He will also demonstrate utility uses (dyes, cordage, fiber, and construction), reveal medicinal plants, and identify food plants. Bring good hiking shoes and dress for the weather.

  • Summer and Fall Events for 2016

     

    Join us for these Friends-sponsored events.  Unless otherwise stated, walks meet at the UWM Field Station on Blue Goose Rd.  Wading boots not needed; sandals not recommended.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is requested.  To register click on the Events tab.   Walks are free and are open to the public; a $5 donation is appreciated.

    PLEASE - NO PETS ALLOWED

    Dragonflies and Butterflies for Beginners 

    Sunday, August 7, 10:00 am to Noon

     Have you been wanting to learn about the intricacies and identification of dragonflies and butterflies? If so, then sign up for a walk with Kate Redmond at the north end of the Bog!  Bring binoculars. We'll meet at the Hwy 33 parking lot. (No restrooms) 

    Ethnobotany

    Saturday, August 20, 9:00 am - Noon

    Wet areas provide the most diverse habitats for plants used by Great Lakes tribes.  Join ethnobotanist Lee Olsen to find out what can be learned from native-American names and botanical culture. He will also demonstrate utility uses (dyes, cordage, fiber, and construction), reveal medicinal plants, and have you sample food plants from the Bog. Bring good hiking shoes and dress for the weather. 

    Introduction to the Ferns

    Sunday, September 4, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, with naturalist Freda van den Broek  

    Interested in learning about the natural history and structure of ferns?  Join Freda in search of ferns at the north end of the Bog.  Meet in the Hwy 33 parking lot.  (No restrooms)

    Fall Potluck and Annual Meeting  

    Sunday, October 2, 3:00 – 7:00 pm

    Hikes at 3 PM and a picnic pot luck dinner at 5:30 PM.  FOCB will provide burgers,brats and beverages; please bring a dish to share.  The event will conclude with a campfire and brief annual meeting.

    Walk in the Maple-Beechwoods 

    Sunday, October 16, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, with Jim Reinartz

    The maple-beech woods are spectacular in fall!  Join Dr. Reinartz, Director of the UWM Field Station at the Cedarburg Bog, and learn what makes this incredibly unique forest community tick.

    Fall Owl Prowl

    Friday, November 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm with Tom Uttech, Mary Holleback, and John O'Donnell

    We will be in search of any and all owls present in the Bog at this time of year. Bundle up and bring binoculars and a small flashlight. 

    How Do Trees Grow? 

    Sunday, November 13, 12:30 - 3:30 pm, with Dr. Jim Reinartz

    Part indoor talk and part outdoor walk. Come and discover the intricacies of how trees grow.

     

  • Winter Events for 2017

    Join us for these Friends-sponsored events. Space is limited and pre-registration is requested. To register click on the Events tab. Walks are free and are open to the public; a $5 donation is appreciated.

    PLEASE - NO PETS ALLOWED

    Winter Hike and Chili Potluck

    Sunday, January 29

    Winter Hike 1:30 – 4:30 PM

    Winter is a great time to explore the Cedarburg Bog. Field Station Director, Jim Reinartz will lead the annual hike into the heart of the Bog if the Bog is solidly frozen and the ice is safe.  This is a 4-mile hike, and weather and/or snow and ice conditions can make this hike challenging.  In the past we have hiked in bitter cold, on a warm day with wet slush over the ice, in deep snow, with no snow at all on very slick ice, and when we are lucky, with a little snow over solid ice.  If the Bog is not solidly frozen, we will still take a hike in the uplands.  The Field Station website will be updated several days prior to the hike with snow and ice conditions.

    Chili Dinner  4:30 PM

    You don’t have to hike to join us for the chili potluck. We will provide the chili and beverages; if you can, bring a dish to share.

    Suggested donation for the Hike and Dinner is $5

     

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 17, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    Most of the owls in the Cedarburg Bog do not migrate. If conditions are right, we should have a good shot at hearing and/or maybe seeing a few of our resident Eastern Screech, Barred, and Great-horned Owls and some overwintering or migrating Northern Saw Whet Owls as well! Come and learn the calls and lifestyles of our owls. Bring a small flashlight, binoculars, and be sure to dress for the weather.

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