Evening Speaker Series 2018

WHEN: 7:00 pm, Saturday evenings in September and October 2018, EXCEPT the September 22 program which will start at 7:30 pm.

Bagley Outdoor Classroom Building on the UMD campus, EXCEPT the September 22 program, which will be held at Bohannon Hall 90.

COST: Free for Hawk Ridge and Hartley Nature Center Members. Suggested $5.00 donation for non-members.

Sept. 8 – Invasive Plant Species and How to Report and Properly Remove Them

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is a great place to view bird migration, however, and unfortunately, it is also a place to note the impact of non-native and invasive species impacts on native ecosystems. Non-native and invasive plant species and noxious weeds all pose a threat to the birds we love to see, hear, and hunt for with binoculars. These plants also can have a negative impact on our personal health. This talk will shed some light on how to identify, report, and properly remove some of our more common invasive species within the Arrowhead Region and how they can impact your health and our bird populations.

Jeffrey Flory has a degree in Environmental Science from Drake University and is currently working a six-year term position with the 1854 Treaty Authority as an invasive species technician. His past experiences includes mass species inventory of Odonata, butterflies, Herps, small mammal trapping, and vegetation surveys for the Iowa DNR, vegetation surveys in the Ozarks for the Missouri Department of Conservation, and rare plant monitoring and native seed collection for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. Jeffrey has also worked as a Wildlife Aide at Three Rivers Park District conducting habitat restoration and management, where he first gained experience and knowledge about controlling invasive plants. Jeffrey’s position with the 1854 Treaty Authority has him partnering with organizations in managing, monitoring, early detection, and removal of terrestrial invasive species and conducting public outreach regarding both terrestrial and aquatic invasive species within the 5.5 million acres of the 1854 Ceded Territory, located in NE Minnesota.

Sept. 15- Hawk Ridge: The Fall Bird Migration Kick-Off Event

Join Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory staff for an introduction to the people, the place, and the passion revolving around the fall bird migration at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. You will learn about the bird research and education being conducted, highights, as well as upcoming events and how you can be involved. This will be also be a unique Q&A opportunity to ask the key staff of Hawk Ridge questions about birds and the work they do. We hope you can join us to find out everything you want to know about Hawk Ridge!

Sept. 22 – There and Back Again: Studying Piping Plover Migration the “Old Fashioned” Way

Current technology (e.g. geolocators; GPS tags; GPS collars) allows for immediate and precise tracking of the movements of many species of vertebrates, especially birds. But use of these devices is expensive and risky, especially for small and potentially vulnerable species like the Piping Plover. For these reasons, no major study has attempted to use these tracking devices on this species. However, knowledge of where plovers nest, their migration routes and wintering sites, along with associated behavior and survival, is critical to delisting the 3 populations of Piping Plovers in North America. This presentation summarizes the extensive information obtained through “old fashioned” methods of observation and reporting that have been relied on to identify where individual birds from the Great Lakes population travel and reside during their annual cycle. It also summarizes insights into plover behavior and challenges they face during the breeding and non-breeding seasons.

Dr. Francesca J. Cuthbert received her PhD in Ecology at the University of Minnesota and is currently a Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Scientific Investigator at the University of Michigan Biological Station. For the past 30 years her research has focused on three topics in avian biology and conservation: recovery of federal or state listed species (especially piping plovers); ecology and population dynamics of colonial nesting waterbirds; and ecology and management of abundant species (especially double-crested cormorants). Most of her research involves working closely with federal and state agency biologists to facilitate conservation and management in the Great Lakes Region. She has advised more than 40 MS and PhD students. Dr. Cuthbert is a past President of the Waterbird Society, Member of the Waterbird Conservation Council of the Americas and a Fellow in the American Ornithological Society. In 2009 she was honored as a Recovery Champion by US Fish and Wildlife Service for her career-long contributions to the conservation of the Great Lakes population of the Piping Plover.

LOCATION: Bohannon Hall 90, UMD at 7:30 PM

Park in the pay lot across from the football field (Parking will be free). Then walk about a block into Ordean Court and take the Center set of doors on the North (right) side of the cul de sac. You will then be directly facing BohH 90.

Oct. 6 – Birds Tell Us It’s Time to Act – Climate Endangered and Threatened Birds of MN

Nearly half of all bird species in North America are seriously threatened by climate change and in Minnesota we have 166 climate threatened or climate endangered species, including Trumpeter Swan, American White Pelican, Common Loon, and Bald Eagle. St. Paul Audubon member Monica Bryand is working on a special project for Minnesota Audubon to capture, through photos, these 166 species. It is a work in progress but she currently has over 130 and will share her photos and some stories of her travels along the way in this presentation.

Monica is a Latina birder/photographer that focuses on mainly urban birds but manages to travel up north and across the state to find special feathered friends. She was a Program Officer at Headwaters Foundation for Justice for over 16 years. In 2015 Monica decided to make a major career and has taken on many consulting opportunities and followed her passion for bird photography working on a special

project with Audubon MN. Monica currently consults with various nonprofits and her passion for the environment has her working half-time for a community bike shop Cycles for Change and she has recently started up the Urban Bird Collective which engages a diverse cohort of new leaders in the birding and outdoor community.

Oct. 27 – Linking Local and Regional Weather Variables to Migration Phenology in North American Raptors

Changes in fall raptor migration phenology have been documented at hawk count site across North America. Delays in fall migration phenology are the most common shift reported, however these changes vary from species to species. Changes in fall migration phenology are often attributed to climate change, but direct links to climate are rarely demonstrated. Ryan’s talk will examine fall migration migration phenology in 14 raptor species counted at Hawk Ridge in Duluth, MN in relation to local and regional climate variables.

Growing up in Ohio, Ryan Steiner fell in love with birds when a teacher at his middle school took him to see migrant birds at a local birding hotspot.  The spectacle of avian migration has been a fascination of his ever since.  Entering college, Ryan began taking every opportunity to work in the field studying birds, a career path that has taken him across the country and all over the world from the hills full of Black-capped Vireos in southwest Oklahoma and passerine migration hotspots on the gulf coast to far off places like Malaysian Borneo and Maria Island off the coast of Australia.  Given Ryan’s fascination with migration, however, it was only a matter of time before his research travels brought him to Hawk Ridge.  Ryan started his time at hawk ridge as the owl bander in fall of 2015.  Falling in love with the place Ryan decided to stay in Duluth and get his Master’s degree at University of Minnesota Duluth.  Ryan has spent the last 2 years studying the timing of the raptor migration at Hawk Ridge and its relationship to weather across the boreal forest range these raptors call their summer home.