Northwoods Birding Festival - 13th Annual

05/12/2017 05:00 PM - 05/13/2017 04:00 PM CT


Special Events


  • $40.00  -  Member
  • $50.00  -  General Public
  • $20.00  -  Students and Youth under 18
  • $15.00  -  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. Participate in sunrise warbler walks, enjoy field trips to local birding hotspots, try your hand at bird banding, and learn from experts in the field of ornithology!


To volunteer to bring appetizers, snacks, dessert, or help in the kitchen follow this link


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


Festival Schedule at a Glance:


Download the Detailed Schedule


Friday, May 12th

5:00pm - 6:00pm                 Welcome Reception

6:00pm - 7:00pm                 Evening Presentation                                                          


Saturday, May 13th

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 1        

2:20pm  3:15pm                  Concurrent Session 2         

3:15pm  4:00pm                  Closing


About the Keynote Presentation:

"Attracting Bluebirds to Your Yard or Natural Area"

Speaker: Pat Ready, President of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW)

This presentation will cover what you need to know to attract bluebirds to your yard or a natural area.  Learn nest box requirements, habitat type and methods that will help you attract bluebirds.  Other cavity nesters will be briefly covered also.


About the Friday Night Presentation:

“Beyond the Fence Line: How Landscape Ecology can Inform Habitat Management Decisions”

Speaker: Scott Walter, Ruffed Grouse Society Western Great Lakes Regional Wildlife Biologist

One of the primary reasons individuals own land is to enjoy wildlife.  Engaged landowners   also pursue habitat enhancement as a means of improving the quantity and/or quality of  habitat that's available to their favorite wildlife species.  It is often difficult, however, to achieve population-level benefits for target wildlife species unless landowners understand, and embrace, how wildlife populations are influenced by the interspersion of habitat across a landscape.  Understanding how landscape influences wildlife populations is complex, but    exciting, and can bring new insight to your appreciation of Wisconsin's wildlife resources, and result in new approaches to habitat management in your area.  Scott Walter, former UDNR Upland Wildlife Ecologist and current Ruffed Grouse Society Western Great Lakes Regional Wildlife Biologist, will review landscape habitat management strategies and current projects supporting Wisconsin's Ruffed and Sharp-tailed Grouse. 


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? Call the Discovery Center at 1-877-543-2085.


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