Northwoods Birding Festival - 11th Annual

05/08/2015 05:00 PM - 05/09/2015 04:00 PM CT


Special Events


  • $40.00  -  Member
  • $50.00  -  General Public
  • $20.00  -  Students and Youth under 18
  • $12.00  -  Friday only



The Northwoods Birding Festival is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Learn from experts in the field of ornithology, improve your birding skills through field trips to local birding hotspots, and see birds up close through bird banding demonstrations! This year’s 11th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival features a keynote presentation about creating habitat for migratory birds by Ryan Brady, the coordinator of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. We hope to spot you there!


Online Registration Now Closed!

Registration available at the door.

Download the Festival Guide for details and descriptions of field trips and presentations.

Festival Schedule at a Glance:


Download the Detailed Schedule


Friday, May 9th

5:00pm - 6:00pm                 Welcome Reception

6:00pm - 7:00pm                 Presentation                                                             


Saturday, May 10th

6:30am - 7:30am                 Sunrise Warbler Walks

6:30am - 12:00pm               Bird Banding

8:00am - 11:30am               Field Trips                                                                                                         

11:30am - 12:15pm             Lunch                    

12:15pm - 1:00pm               Keynote Presentation        

1:15pm - 2:10pm                 Concurrent Session A        

2:20pm  3:15pm                  Concurrent Session B         

3:15pm  4:00pm                  Closing


About the Keynote Presentation:

Ryan Brady, coordinator of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, will introduce you to several exciting bird conservation projects taking place across the state and region through the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Inititive.  Learn about one of these projects, the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative, and discover what Wisconsin is doing to help meet the habitat needs of migratory birds. Then discover how individuals like you can contribute to migratory bird conservation by taking action in your own backyard.


About the Friday Night Presentation:

Kevin Kenow, USGS Wildlife Biologist, will share what he has learned from his cutting-edge research as he works to unravel the mysteries of the Common Loon.  This past August, juvenile loons were radiomarked to provide information on loon movments during their first 2-3 years of life. A few of these loons were even from lakes near us!  Come learn where these loons went in the winter and how tracking their movements provides essential information on the migration patterns, staging areas, and wintering sites of common loons that is required by resource managers for development and implementation of regional common loon conservation strategies.


Help make the 11th annual Nrothwoods Birding Festival a success by volunteering Here!

Hosted by the North Lakeland Discovery Center in partnership with the Discovery Center Bird Club, Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce, and Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce.

Questions? Feel free to call the Discovery Center at 1-877-543-2085.


Bird Festival Premier Sponsor:


Partner Sponsors:









Additional Sponsors:


Birds and Beans Coffee

FYI Northwoods

The Wine and Beer Bar

Mercer Chamber of Commerce




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