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Spring & Summer Events for 2019

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.  For directions or to register visit www.bogfriends.org (click on the Events tab), 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

Glacial Geology of the Cedarburg Bog Area

Saturday, April 13, 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 12,000 years ago).

Waterfowl Spring Migration at Mud Lake by Canoe

Saturday, April 20, 7:00 – 9:00 AM

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

Event leaders: John O'Donnell, Chuck Stebelton and Matt Learned

Start point: Cedar-Sauk Rd Bog entry boardwalk at the Horns Corners Rd. intersection.

Woodcocks and Frogs

Thursday, April 25, 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 2, 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 Wildflowers  

Sunday, May 5, 9:00 AM to noon

Witness the exuberance of spring birds, flowers, fern, 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

Saturday, May 11, 12:30- 3:00 pm.

Gretchen Meyer and Mark Schwartz

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. Register by phone or email to the Field Station: email to or call 262-675-6844.

Bird Banding with Tim Vargo

Saturday, May 18, 8:00 to 11:00 AM

Bird banding gives us important information about bird migration. Watch Tim and the crew band migrants and resident birds and see how the data are collected.

May Bird Walk

Saturday, May 25, 6:30- 8:30 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 John O’Donnell and Chuck Stebelton as they search for the regulars and for uncommon birds.

Ethnobotany

Monday, May 27, 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.

June Bird Walk

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

Some species are still passing through, and others are settling in for the summer. Join Norma Zehner & Marilyn Bontly to look for some Bog specialties. Bring binoculars if you have them; special footgear not needed.

What’s Up in the Bog

Sunday, June 23, 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 with Kate Redmond leading the way.

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UWM Field Station and Friends of the Cedarburg Bog Events for Winter 2019


Join us for these Friends-sponsored events. Space is limited and pre-registration is requested.  For directions or to register visit www.bogfriends.org (click on the Events tab), 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


Winter Hike and Chili Potluck

Sunday, January 27

Winter Hike 1:30 – 4:30 PM

Winter presents the opportunity to explore the interior of the Cedarburg Bog.  Field Station Director, Jim Reinartz will lead the annual hike into the heart of the Bog. This is a 4-mile hike, and weather 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 were lucky, with a little snow over solid ice.  If ice conditions in the Bog are not safe, we will hike in the uplands instead.  The Field Station website (http://uwm.edu/field-station/) will be updated several days prior to the hike with snow and ice conditions.

Chili Dinner    4:30 PM

The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog are hosting a Chili Dinner Potluck after the Winter Hike.  The Friends will have lots of chili ready as well as beverages.  Bring a dish to share – side dish, salad, dessert – all are appreciated and enjoyed!  It’s a wonderful way to finish up the hike but please join us for the potluck even if you don’t plan to hike.

Suggested donation for the Hike and Dinner is $5


Tracking and Learning about Mammals

Sunday, February 10, 9:00 AM to Noon

Join Julia Robson on this indoor/outdoor exploration of the fascinating world of the mammals which inhabit Cedarburg Bog and surrounding area.  In the second half of this program, we will venture outside to look for mammal sign and tracks.  Boots and clothing suitable for winter hiking are recommended for the second half of this event.


Owlfest

Saturday, February 16, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Our program begins with an examination of the habits and adaptations of the owls of Cedarburg Bog (including dissection of owl pellets).   Following the indoor discussion, we will move outdoors to look and listen for owls.  Bring binoculars, a small flashlight, and warm clothes and boots.  Mary Holleback, Nathaniel Reinartz, Tom Uttech, Matt Learned & John O'Donnell.


The Natural History of Wood Ducks and Other Wetland Birds in the Bog

Saturday, March 2, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

"Waterfowl, rails, & bitterns -- O my!"  It's a wild world of water birds in the Bog.  Come explore it with us as we review the knowns and unknowns of these secretive creatures.  John O’Donnell will lead a hike to see if we can get confirmation of nesting in some of the nest boxes spread around the Bog.  Bring binoculars and wear warm boots and clothing.  


 

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Cedarburg Bog Celebration!

cb overlook14 5rzCome one, come all! There is something for everyone at the Cedarburg Bog Celebration Festival on Sunday, October 7. Tractor-driven hayrides, reptiles and amphibians up close and friendly enough to be handled by children(!), live folk and country music by Matt Harvey & Friends, guided bog walks -- all of which ends with a potluck dinner around the campfire with burgers, brats, and beverages provided. 

Bring your families and friends and join in at our annual Bog Fest! The event schedule is as follows:

7 - 8:30 AM: Early Morning Guided Bird Walk into the Bog
1 - 4:30 PM: Tractor-driven Hayrides (ongoing)
1:30 - 4:30: Live Folk and Country Music by Matt Harvey and Friends
2 PM: Guided Walk into the Bog or the Upland Woods
2 - 3:30: Wildlife Biologist Randy Hetzel & his Cold-blooded Friends
3:30 PM: Guided Walk into the Bog
5 PM: Firing Up the Grill and Setting Up the Buffet
5:30 PM: Potluck Supper


We will supply brats, burgers, and beverages. Join us for all or part of the day!
Please bring a dessert or a side dish to share. 
Please RSVP at bogfriends.org/events/event-registration, send an email to , or call 262-675-6844. 

PLEASE - NO PETS ALLOWED

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UWM Field Station & Friends of Cedarburg Bog Summer & Fall Events for 2018

UWM Field Station & Friends of Cedarburg Bog Summer & Fall 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.  For directions or to register visit www.bogfriends.org (click on the Events tab), 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


Introduction to the Ferns

Sunday, September 9, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

What are ferns, and how and where do they grow? Naturalist Freda van den Broek will explain their natural history, structure, and identification. Meet at the north end of the Bog in the Hwy 33 parking lot.  (No restrooms)

 

Out of the Ice – Gifts from the Glaciers   

Saturday, September 22, 9:00 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.

 

Stargazing at the Bog

Friday, October 5, 7:30 PM

Please come for a delightful evening of stargazing with Jeff Setzer from the Northern Cross Science Foundation. If all is clear, we should be able to observe the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars along with other celestial sights such as the Hercules Cluster, the Ring Nebula, and Andromeda Galaxy.  Bring your binoculars!

Alternate date in the event of rain or overcast conditions: Friday, October 12, 7:30 PM.

 

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FOCB Annual Picnic and Celebration of the Cedarburg Bog

Sunday, October 7, 1:00 – 7:00 pm

Join with the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station in an afternoon celebratory experience entailing festive music, hikes, hay rides, a live reptile demonstration, pot luck dinner, and a camp fire.  

Starting at 1:00 pm, hike, hayride, music and reptile and amphibian display. Eat at 5:30 pm. 6:30 pm. ca

mpfire and FOCB annual meeting. The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog will supply brats, burgers and beverages; Please bring a dessert or side dish to share.

Come for the walk, the potluck or both!

 

Bird Banding

Saturday, October 13, 8:00 – 11:00 am

Bird banding has been part of research and education for decades in the Cedarburg Bog. Join the

 Friends of the Bog Board President Tim Vargo and the Urban Ecology Center banding team and witness first-hand the ins and outs of bird banding and the conservation importance of banding birds. Note: This event is weather dependent and will be cancelled in case of rain, temperature extremes, or high winds.

 

Friday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Join Mary Holleback, John O'Donnell, Nathaniel Reinartz and Tom Uttech as they search along the roads around the Field Station for resident and migratory owls. Bring binoculars and a small flashlight.

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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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