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.


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.


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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