UWM Field Station & Friends of Cedarburg Bog Winter Events for 2018

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.


skunk tracks in winter

Tracking and Learning about the Mammals of the Cedarburg Bog and Ozaukee County

Sunday, January 21, 9:00 AM to Noon

Join Julia Robson on this indoor/outdoor exploration of anything you ever wanted to know about the fascinating and mysterious mammals which inhabit our area. The second half of the program entails looking for mammal scat and winter tracks in the Bog.  Wear winter boots and warm clothing.


Winter Hike and Chili Potluck

Sunday, January 28

Winter Hike 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Chili Dinner    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.  The Field Station website (http://uwm.edu/field-station/) will be updated several days prior to the hike with snow and ice conditions.

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


An Owl Prowl on Ground Hog Day

Friday, February 2, 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Birders Mary Holleback, John O’Donnell, & Tom Uttech will be searching for any and all owls, especially Northern Saw-whets, Eastern Screech, Barred, and Great Horned Owls. Who knows -- maybe a groundhog will show up in search of his shadow!

Warm boots, hats, gloves, and clothing advised. Bring also binoculars and a small flashlight.


The Natural History of Wood Ducks and Other Wetland Birds in the Bogbog outlet in winter

Saturday, March 3, 1:00 to 3:30 PM (NEW DATE!)

This will be an indoor/outdoor program exploring the incredible natural cycles and habits of what many folks say is the most beautiful duck in North America – the Wood Duck. We will also look at the natural histories of all the Bog breeding ducks and other water bird inhabitants.  The 2nd half of this program will be a winter walk into the Bog for an eye level look into what nest cavities can tell you about prior inhabitants. Wear winter boots and warm clothing.


Banding and GPS Telemetry Tracking of Snowy Owls, Saw-whet Owls, and Golden Eagles in Wisconsin: Where did they come from and Where Did they Go?

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Riveredge Nature Center

The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog have worked with Riveredge Nature Center to offer this Science for Everyone talk. Gene Jacobs, Director of the Linwood Springs Research Center outside of Stevens Point, WI will share some of his most remarkable findings from over 40 years of raptor research. Gene’s presentation will be followed by a short owl prowl on the Riveredge Nature Center’s grounds. No registration is necessary.

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