Public Events

The Station also conducts educational programs for the general public. Walks and open houses examine topics such as Winter Ecology, Bird Identification, and Spring Flora of the Cedarburg Bog.

Spring & Summer 2016

Sponsored by Friends of the Cedarburg Bog  

Woodcocks and Frogs
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
The early spring frog chorus at the Field Station can be a religious experience.  Witness the night sounds of frogs, woodcock, cranes, and other wetland noise-makers with Kate Redmond as your guide.  Be sure to bring a flashlight!

At the North End of the Bog
Sunday, May 1, 9 AM to noon
Explore the plant life at the north end of the Bog with Dr. Jim Reinartz, plant ecologist and UWM Field Station Director. Find out why Watts Lake is different from the other lakes in the Bog.  Trip will meet at the Hwy 33 parking lot; no bathrooms.

Frogs (and maybe Woodcocks)
Thursday, May 5, 7:30 to 9:30 PM
The calls of mid-season species of frog join early spring species and other wetland noise-makers will no doubt add their voices. Master Naturalist Kate Redmond is leading this hike. Bring a flashlight!

Saturday, May 14, 9 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.

Tracking the Arrival of Spring: Phenological Monitoring at the UWM Field Station
Friday, May 20, 1:00- 4:00 pm.
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 Walk for Spring Migrants
Saturday, May 21, 7:00 to 9:00 AM
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. Think warblers!!! Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Spring Bird Walk
Monday (Memorial Day), May 30, 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Accompany John O'Donnell for an early morning bird walk and exploration of the upland woods, prairie grasslands, and of course -- the Bog!  Hopefully conditions will be ripe for both migrants and early breeders! Bring binoculars, good hiking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

A Walk in the Bog
Sunday, June 26, 9 AM to noon
Join Kate Redmond and find out what’s blooming, singing, hopping and flying in the Bog in the early weeks of summer.

Events are free and open to the public. No dogs, please! A $5.00 donation to the Friends is suggested.

Reservations required - space is limited. Register online at (click on the Events tab), call (262) 675-6844 or email with your name, phone number, and the walk you are planning to attend. If you have a hand lens, binoculars, or a flashlight, bring them depending on the event. Wading boots not needed; sandals not recommended.

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