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UWM Field Station and Friends of the Cedarburg Bog Spring and Summer Events for 2018

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 visit https://bogfriends.org/events/event-registration, send an email to or call 262-675-6844.  Walks are free and are open to the public; a $5 donation is appreciated.

PLEASE - NO PETS ALLOWED


Waterfowl Spring Migration at Mud Lake

Saturday, April 7, 7:00 – 9:00 AM

Mud Lake, the largest surface lake in Ozaukee County, is noted for being a significant stagi

ng area for spring migratory waterfowl and other birds associated with lakes and wetlands. On this outing, we will use canoes and kayaks in our search of migrating swans, ducks, geese, and other birds moving through the area. All participants must be adults, able to swim, have prior experience with canoeing or kayaking, and be comfortable with birding by boat. Everyone must wear a flotation vest at all times when on the water. Canoes, paddles, and floatation vests will be provided for those who need them. You must let us know in advance if you are bringing your own boat, paddle(s), and flotation vest.  

Group limit: 12.

Suggested donation: $25 per person.

Back-up date in the event of inclement weather on April 7: Sunday, April 8.

Event leaders: John O'Donnell, Nathaniel Reinartz, Matt Learned, & Zoe Finney

Meet at the South entrance to the Bog (at the intersection of Cedar Sauk Rd. and Horns Corners Rd.)


Glacial Geology of the Cedarburg Bog Area

Sunday, April 22, 10:00 AM – Noon

Glaciers left a significant imprint on the surface of Southeastern Wisconsin that can be seen in the topography of the Cedarburg Bog both in the uplands and the islands in the bog. Join geologist Bill Kean on a trail walk through the field station property to experience life on the edge...of a glacier from 12000 years ago!


Woodcocks and Frogs

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

The annual spring chorus of frogs and the sky dance of woodcocks are unforgettable experiences. Bring a flashlight; boots not needed.


Frogs and Maybe Woodcocks

Thursday, May 3, 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.


Spring in the Bog  

Saturday, May 5, 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.


Tracking the Arrival of Spring: Phenological Monitoring at the UWM Field Station

Friday, May 11, 1:30- 4:00 pm.

Gretchen Meyer, Mark Schwartz and Alison Donnelly

Phenology is the study of the timing of events in the life cycles of plants and animals, such as leafing out and flowering of plants or egg laying in birds.  We'll take a walk in the woods, talk about long-term phenological monitoring studies at the Field Station, and show you how you can get involved.  Sponsored by the Wisconsin Phenological Society.  


Mother's Day Spring Migrant Bird Walk

Sunday, May 13, 7:00 to 9:00 AM

A Mother's Day adventure! Treat your mom (and yourself!) to a spring migration bird walk at the Cedarburg Bog! 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. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.


Ethnobotany in the Bog

Saturday, May 26, 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 plant uses (dyes, cordage, fiber, and construction), reveal medicinal plants, and identify food plants. Bring good hiking shoes and dress for the weather.


Memorial Day Bird Walk

Monday, May 28, 6:30- 9:00 AM

Spring migration should still be in progress with the final waves of warblers and vireos and a new wave of flycatchers coming through. Join Dani Baumann & Zoe Finney for all the fun!


Birding the North End of the Bog

Saturday, June 2, 6:30 - 8:30 AM

The north end of the Bog is noted for breeding Winter Wrens, Northern Waterthrushes, and many other specialty species unique to the Bog. We will look for these and late migrants of all sorts.

Boots are recommended should we venture into wet areas.  Walk leaders: John O'Donnell, Nathaniel Reinartz, and Matt Learned.  Meet in the parking lot on Highway 33 near Lakeland Rd.  Note: No bathroom facilities.


Birding by Canoe or Kayak

Saturday, June 9, 7:00 – 9:00 AM

On this outing we will especially be in search of nesting American and Least Bitterns, rails, waterfowl species, Sandhill Cranes, herons, Alder and Willow Flycatchers, Marsh Wrens, and whatever else may be present. All participants must be of adult age, able to swim, have prior experience with canoeing or kayaking, and be comfortable with birding by boat. Everyone must wear a flotation vest at all times when on the water. Canoes, paddles, and flotation vests will be provided for those who need them. You must let us know in advance if you are bringing your own boat, paddle(s), and flotation vest.

Group limit: 12.

Suggested donation: $25 per person.

Back-up date in the event of inclement weather on June 9: Sunday, June 10.

Event leaders: John O'Donnell & Matt Learned

Meet at the South entrance to the Bog (at the intersection of Cedar Sauk Rd. and Horns Corners Rd.)


What’s Up in the Bog

Sunday, June 17, 9:00 AM to Noon

As spring turns to summer, we’ll enjoy the calls of Sandhill Cranes as we see what’s in bloom along the boardwalk.  Led by Kate Redmond.


Summer in the Bog

Sunday, July 1, 9:00 AM to Noon

Join Kate Redmond to look for the birds, flowers and bugs of early summer.

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Bog Guardian Program

With funding from the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and the WI DNR-Citizen Based Monitoring Program, the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog have initiated a new program.

The Bog Guardian Program is designed to stop the advance of invasive plants, such as Teasel and Wild Parsnip, that have yet to reach the Bog, the UWM Field Station and nearby State Natural areas.

We have hired Jamie Sue Beaupré to manage this program. She has already begun working to develop a cadre of volunteers, Bog Guardians, to patrol area roads to locate, eradicate and monitor invasive plants. She has also contacted area road/highway departments to lay the groundwork for ongoing cooperation and support. We will also be contacting neighboring landowners to elicit their cooperation and support.

Once established, it is intended that the Bog Guardians, with help from neighboring landowners and communities, will sustain this program into the future and keep invasive plants out of the Bog, UWM Field Station and State Natural Areas.

For information, contact:

Jamie Sue Beaupré, Manager

Bog Guardian Program

262-323-1887

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FOCB to hold first annual "International Bog Day"

All bog enthusiasts, neighbors, families and friends are invited to attend the first annual "International Bog Day 2017" celebration on Sunday, July 23. The event will be held at the UW-Milwaukee Field Station at 3095 Blue Goose Rd in the Town of Saukville beginning at noon with an early morning bird walk at 6:30 AM for early risers.

The bird walk at 6:30 AM will start at the UWM Field Station. Registration for the walk or attending the afternoon events are not required. For more information, please contact the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog at 262-675-6844 or see our website at www.bogfriends.org. Friends of the Cedarburg Bog board member John O'Donnell says, "I encourage everyone to come and bring your friends and families to celebrate this gem that exists right in our own backyard."

Schedule of Events - International Bog Day

6:30 - 8 AM: Birdwalk (meet at the UWM Field Station)

Noon - 4 PM: Ongoing face painting,  music, raffles, refreshments

1 PM: Introduction -- "Why the bog matters" A drone tour of the Bog

2 PM: Live owls and hawks presentation

3 PM: Bog Walks & Talks (mammals, birds, rare plants, and ethnobotany)

4:30 PM: Raffles and wrap up

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Mud Lake Boardwalk Completed

Good News! The new Mud Lake boardwalk is complete! As you may know, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved the Department of Natural Resources master plan for the Bog in May, which included plans to build a rustic boardwalk from Cedar Sauk Road to Mud Lake. The project included a 15-foot boat storage area for duck hunters during the waterfowl hunting season.

Last month the lumber was delivered to the shop at the UW Field Station. After a drying period, construction started and that construction is now complete. We hope this boardwalk will enhance the experience of all who enjoy the Mud Lake area, which includes duck hunters, bird watchers, kayakers, and wildlife lovers.

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the new Mud Lake boardwalk a reality!

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Hiring a New Position: Buckthorn Control Field Assistant

The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog (FOCB) is seeking a limited term Buckthorn Control Field Assistant to assist the Project Manager with executing the terms of a grant provided to the FOCB by the Environmental Protection Agency intended to clear a significant portion of the Cedarburg Bog of invasive Buckthorn.

This position is a limited term position working for the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog (FOCB).  The FOCB will consider applicant packages in August and September 2016 and plan to hire and orient the person selected to fill this position in September or October 2016.

Buckthorn Control Field Assistant

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