Calendar

Oct
19
Thu
October – When Large Birds Soar workshop – Oct. 19 & 20 @ Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm

The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the premier migratory routes for raptors and song birds in North America. Hundreds of thousands to millions of birds migrate via this route, and many of them pass directly over Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Once October rolls around at Hawk Ridge, we begin to see the large birds of prey in greater numbers including Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, as well as more unusual Rough-Legged Hawks and Golden Eagles.

In this workshop on location at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, we will explore the background of how this corridor developed and the forces behind such an exceptional migratory route. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the migration in motion, learn from expert staff members about specific types of birds, their life histories and adaptations, follow daily trends on how the 2016 migration season is progressing, and observe the research efforts in place at Hawk Ridge, which may include the passerine, raptor and owl banding stations. What an opportunity for up close views of a wide variety of bird species!

Join us for the experience of a lifetime. This is a very busy and hands-on class, so class size is limited to 12 participants, a minimum of 7 registrants will be required to conduct the class. Course will take place rain or shine- beware Mother Nature isn’t always totally cooperative, and a tight fall calendar will not permit rescheduling of the course, so the show must go on regardless of the weather.

Schedule is subject to change and the weather, but the course will begin at 1:00 pm on the 16th, perhaps with an experience back at the Raptor Banding station, take a break for dinner, then we will plan to spend some time at the Owl station in the evening. On the 17th, we will begin with Passerine banding in the morning at 7:00 am, and the course will conclude at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Pre-Registration Required

Course fee is $120 for Hawk Ridge Members and $150 for non-members. (Course fee will cover materials and resources.)


Select member or non member



Cancellation Policy

100% refund one month prior to the workshop

75% refund less than one month, if your spot can be filled from a wait list, 25% will be retained as an administrative fee.

No refund if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the start of the workshop.

In the case of illness or injury, and the participant cannot attend the field trip, refund is 100% if notification is more than one month in advance, and 75% refund if less than one month retaining 25% as an administrative fee.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory reserves the right to cancel, if registration is too low to make it economically feasible, or for other reasons, including weather, safety, unavailability of trip leader, etc. In such cases Hawk Ridge will refund registrants’ fee in full. Hawk Ridge also reserves the right to make changes to an advertised itinerary as circumstances require.

Course Instructor: Margie Menzies and other Hawk Ridge Staff.

One part educator, two parts naturalist, and two parts bird nerd! Who says slow and steady wins the race? After years in the formal classroom, this educator has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. Margie Menzies has been a naturalist at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for 5 fall seasons, and has worked with songbird banding for more than 25 years. She is the naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center up the North Shore in Schroeder, MN where she provides programs, bands birds and camps through the summer and teaches Master Naturalist classes. During the rest of the year she is a freelance naturalist and education consultant working on a variety of projects, and supervises student teachers for UMD. She has a BA from Bethel University, and a MA from University of St. Thomas. Providing naturalist programming for the general public furnishes many colorful and meaningful experiences with every day on the job. She loves birds, loves learning, and loves sharing the natural world with people of all ages.

 

Oct
21
Sat
Goshawk Hotspot 11 am
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the US to see Northern Goshawks during migration. But what makes this place so special? Northern Goshawks are a boreal forest species that has irruptive movements depending on prey availability. This program highlights some of the strong migrations witnessed at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and investigates Northern Goshawk biology and history.

Summit Ledges Hike 12:30 pm
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Naturalist Choice 2:30 pm
Oct 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Evening Owl Programs @ Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
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!

Oct
22
Sun
Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 11 am
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Goshawk Hotspot 1 pm
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the US to see Northern Goshawks during migration. But what makes this place so special? Northern Goshawks are a boreal forest species that has irruptive movements depending on prey availability. This program highlights some of the strong migrations witnessed at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and investigates Northern Goshawk biology and history.

Naturalist Choice 2:30 pm
Oct 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Oct
28
Sat
Goshawk Hotspot 11 am
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the US to see Northern Goshawks during migration. But what makes this place so special? Northern Goshawks are a boreal forest species that has irruptive movements depending on prey availability. This program highlights some of the strong migrations witnessed at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and investigates Northern Goshawk biology and history.

Summit Ledges Hike 12:30 pm
Oct 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Summit Ledges is a great overlook to view raptor migration and the trail to the overlook is a great cross section of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Join staff on a hike discovering the natural history of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, to learn a little more about the north woods, and to stretch your legs after a long day of Hawk Watching! This hike will be roughly ¾ of a mile in length and will cover rocky, uneven terrain.

Evening Speaker Series – Birds of the Superior National Forest @ Bagley Outdoor Classroom
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
29
Sun
Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 11 am
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

Eyes on the Skies – Beginning hawk watching 1 pm
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hawk Ridge has a fascinating history, from gunner’s lair to birdwatcher’s paradise. Over 1,000 raptors per day fly past Hawk Ridge each fall for many reasons, one of which is Lake Superior. These migrating raptors take advantage of the geology of the North Shore to migrate. This program covers the basics of Hawk Ridge History and gives raptor ID basics.

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