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World Migratory Bird Day 2024

Protect Insects - Protect Birds

EFTA International Migratory Bird Day

Local Events

The Chequamegon Bird Club is hosting two guided birding walks during the month of May in celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. This year's WMBD theme is Protect Insects - Protect Birds, and each walk will point out the validity of that theme.

May 6, 2024

The first walk is being held on May 6, 2024 at 6pm at Hamus Nature Preserve (shelter), Marshfield. This Guided Bird and Insect Walk will include some insect collecting for a Insectarium (live insects) and posters for additional information. A talk and video on the importance of Insects will be given by Ron Draeger.

May 18, 2024

The Perkinstown Winter Sports Area will be our second event starting at 10am of May 18, 2024. There will be Bird and Insect Walk and insect collecting for the Insectarium (add your live insects to our collection) and displays for additional information including video of insects, posters and printed materials about saving our birds and insects. (Rainy day activities if needed.)

The birds that spend the winter in the southern United States, Central America, and South America return north in the spring. Some spend the rest of the spring and summer right here in North Central Wisconsin, while others only stop for a brief visit to rest as they head to Canada and points north.

Please join us on one or both of the dates we have organized for your bird watching enjoyment.

Note: People of all ages and birders of all skill levels are invited to come for all or some of the events to celebrate the Spring return of the birds we all love to see and hear. Bring binoculars if possible, and waterproof hikers or rubber boots are recommended. If you don't have binoculars or a bird guide, check out the Birding Backpacks that the Chequamegon Bird Club donated to local libraries.

Admission is free.

If you have questions you can send a message on the Chequamegon Bird Club Facebook page or e-mail

Please observe safe COVID guidelines.

You can also enjoy the birds from your home and yard by putting up feeders of seed, jelly or suet. Here are links for a few ideas:

About World Migratory Bird Day

EFTA International Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (originally named International Migratory Bird Day - IMBD) is the brainchild of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). WMBD is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Each year WMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. For further information you can visit the WMBD web site at

Created in 1993, IMBD is now hosted at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. In 2018 the name was changed to World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

WMBD celebrates the ways we can help to protect birds every day of the year through actions, stories, and art. The education campaign is changing and growing. After 25 years, International Migratory Bird Day becomes World Migratory Bird Day, joining with partners across the globe to unify our voices for bird conservation. Hundreds of species of birds, including many once-common songbirds are declining in the United States. There are things everyone can do to help protect birds and their habitats - from landscaping for birds to keeping cats indoors, as well as providing nesting boxes and feeders for birds.

Map to Perkinstown Winter Sports Area

Photo of 2022 Bird Day Activites

The Miller Dam area was great for birds, though a bit damp for people! But the weather for the walk to Lake 11 was great and we heard and saw a good number of species.

Miller Dam Bird Tour Lake 11 Bird Walk

Previous Year Photos:

Photos of 2018 Bird Day Activites at Perkinstown Winter Sports Area

The beautiful weather added to the enjoyment of wildflowers and birds on the morning walks. Following the walks, an educator from Raptor Education Group, Inc. talked of their efforts to save injured birds at REGI in Antigo, WI.

Bird Walk Bird Walk Bird Walk REGI educator with Vulture

Photos of 2016 Bird Day Activites at Perkinstown Winter Sports Area

Even the snow didn't dampen the fun! When a brief break in the clouds let the sun burst through, Ann celebrated!

Bird Walk in the Snow Bird Walk in the Sun

REGI (Raptor Education Group, Inc.) brought five birds (Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Great Horned Owl) and did a great presentation.

REGI educator with live Turkey Vulture American Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon with handlers
Bluebird House Construction

Kurt Staab helps a young girl and her grandmother build a Bluebird Box while an interested friend watches.

Pam Resech from Mead Wildlife Area gave a presentation about birds. She brought along a rescued Eastern Screech-Owl that is now used for education purposes. In the second picture, a guest showed off a pair of "owly" glasses.

Eastern Screech Owl Young person wearing bird glasses
Ovenbird seen during IMBD bird walk

This Ovenbird was seen and photographed during the early morning bird walk in the woods at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area.

Family viewing waterfowl from dock

A family enjoys the view across Chequamegon Waters during one of the stops taken on the bus tour of the Miller Dam Lake area.

Youngsters observing an Eastern Screech-Owl Presenter with Eastern Screech-Owl Presenter with Eastern Screech-Owl Eastern Screech-Owl sitting on perch
Bird City banner over fireplace at IMBD event

Taylor County, Wisconsin is a designated "Bird City".
The banner was displayed at the International Migratory Bird Day event.