Chippewa County Atlas Blockbuster

WBBA Blockbuster Web FlierJoin us for a fun weekend of birding, camping, picnicking, and hanging out with other bird lovers. We’ll work in teams to collect breeding bird data in the forests and fields along the Chippewa River. Data will be submitted to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.

When not looking for birds, there will be ample time to relax during picnic dinners and campfires — a great way to meet up with other birders. The weekend’s activities will be centered in and around beautiful Brunet Island State Park.

Come for a few hours or stay for a few days! Birders of all ages and abilities are welcome! This is a great opportunity for beginning birders to improve their skills by teaming up with veteran birders including Brian Collins, Steve Betchkal, and Bill Hogseth.

Where: Brunet Island State Park, Cornell, WI
When: Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Contact: Bill Hogseth, 715-839-3771 or


Brunet Island State Park and surrounding area

Brunet Island State Park and surrounding area

Schedule (subject to change)
Friday July 15th
11:00am: Kick-off Meeting/Team Assignments (Base Camp)
12:00-5:00pm: Birding (In the field)
6:00pm: Grill-out Style Dinner (Stone Pavilion)
8:00pm: Around the Campfire (Social Hour) or Nocturnal Birding (Optional)

Saturday July 16th
5:00am-11:00am: Birding (In the field)
12:00pm: Check-in meeting/Lunch (Stone Pavilion)
1:00-5:00pm: Birding (In the field)
6:00pm: Dinner on your own
8:00pm: Around the Campfire (Social Hour) or Nocturnal Birding (Optional)

Sunday July 17th
5:00am-11:00am: Birding in the field
12:00pm: Wrap-up Meeting (Base Camp) 

Time Commitment: Time commitment is flexible. Birders can participate for a few hours or all weekend long. Participants may arrive and leave the event whenever suits their schedule. 

Base Camp: “Base Camp” will be located at Campsite #45 and will be staffed from 10am-5pm throughout the weekend. Someone will always be available at base camp to answer questions, offer training, provide maps/data sheets, or help with data reporting. When first arriving or finally leaving for the weekend, please check-in and check-out at Base Camp. 

Camping Details: Overnight camping is optional and not required. A limited number of non-electric campsites have been reserved and can be claimed at $8/night. Limit 6 people/site. 

Meals: Dinner will be a grill-out picnic on Friday night. Meat, buns, sides will be provided ($6); bring your own drink. During the weekend, provide your own lunch, snacks, and water. Dinner on your own Saturday night.

Beginning Birders: Mentoring opportunities will be available. Beginning birders can team up with experienced birders in the field to learn more about bird identification and behavior.

Registration/Payment: Visit this link: Advance payment is not necessary. Payment can be made via check once you check-in at base camp.

Park Rules: State park sticker required on vehicles. No pets. No firewood from outside 10 miles of park.

A printable information sheet is available here.