Evening Speaker Series

7:00 pm, Saturday evenings in September and October 2017
Held at Bagley Outdoor Classroom Building on the UMD campus (NOTE: Sept 16 location change)
Free for Hawk Ridge and Hartley Nature Center Members. Suggested $5.00 donation for non-members.

Sept. 16 – Common Nighthawks presented by Steve Kolbe

(LOCATION CHANGE: Bohannon Hall – UMD, 1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812-3010. Park in Lot G – map)

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is famous for the large hawk flights that occur in the airspace over Duluth every fall. However, less well known (and understood) is a wide range of additional migratory events that occur during the same season. Observers collect data of continental significance of migrating nighthawks, warblers, finches, and many other species as they exit the boreal forest to the north and west of Duluth. This program will discuss how these data are collected, what they are used for, and why they are important. The Common Nighthawk will be used as an example of what can be done to analyze these visible migration counts and why it is imperative that they continue into the future. Prepare for a fun evening of tales of massive migratory flights, photographs of birds in flight, and just a dash of statistics.

Sept. 30- Birds of Cuba presented by Nils Navarro

Cuba holds a diverse avian community consisting of 397 species, 7% of which are endemic to the archipelago. With such  a high level of endemism, Cuba is an important area of interest, considering endemic species and conservation. Join Nils Navarro, author of the book, Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide, as a tool for the conservation efforts in Cuba,  as he talks about how he wrote the this useful guide linking art and science, and how it helps in the conservation of Cuban birds.

Oct. 14- Conserving Migratory Birds: From the Tropics to your Backyard presented by Ryan Brady

As threats to bird populations increase, the need for focused conservation efforts is greater than ever. Ryan Brady (WDNR Conservation Biologist – Ashland) will discuss his work with the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and highlight some of their important projects across the state, with special emphasis on migratory birds such as warblers, thrushes, vireos, orioles, hummingbirds, tanagers and more. Recognizing that preserving bird populations is something to which we all can and should contribute, Ryan will also specify habitat improvements and other actions that everyone can implement to help birds in their own backyards.

Oct. 28- Birds of the Superior National Forest presented by Josh Bednar




 Minnesota Birds Speaker Series is Co-sponsored by UMD Center for Environmental Education/ Dept. of Applied Human Sciences