Evening Owl Programs

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Northern Saw-whet Owl (photo by Michael Furtman)

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Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is well known for its amazing views of migrating raptors and songbirds throughout the fall season. While visitors may be familiar with the research and education efforts conducted by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory staff during daylight hours, most people are unaware that we continue working throughout the night!

The evening Owl Program will shine a light onto the mysterious nature of the nocturnal migrants flying over Hawk Ridge. Participants will learn about the research methods being used to study owl activity in the area as well as how to identify many of the species that can be observed in Northern Minnesota by sight and sound.

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Hawk Ridge Naturalist, Margie, with Barred Owl (photo by A. Geniusz)

DATES: September 23, October 7 and October 21

Time: Program begins at 8 pm. Program length varies from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on conditions.

LOCATION: This outdoor evening program takes place at the education lecture area at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. NOTE: In the past, the Owl Program has been weather dependent and subject to cancellation. This year we are able to offer these programs regardless of the weather. If the weather is deemed inappropriate for an outdoor program, the program will be held at Bagley Outdoor Classroom building on the UMD campus instead. If a change of location happens, ticket holders will be notified via phone about the location change prior to the start of the program.

COST: The cost to attend the owl program is $5 per person.  A maximum of 45 participants may attend each session.

Pre-registration is required.  


Select your date:



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Long-eared Owl banded at Hawk Ridge (photo by K. Stubenvoll)

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund is available if participant cancels more than two weeks prior; no refund if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior and cannot be filled by wait list (no-shows do not apply).
  • In the event of illness or injury or family emergency with prior notification, full refund will be given.
  • If Hawk Ridge needs to cancel the program, you will receive 100% refund.
  • If you need to cancel, you must contact us at mail@hawkridge.org or 218-428-6209

QUESTIONS: Contact Education Director, Clinton Nienhaus, at cnienhaus@hawkridge.org, call us at 218-428-6209 or ASK us at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve between 9am-4pm daily beginning September 1st.

Thanks and we hope to see you at the Ridge this fall!

Image Credits: Debbie Waters

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