Evening Owl Programs

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is excited to offer both Saturday evening public owl programs and small group evening owl programs. The two Saturday evening owl programs will be held Sat. Sept. 30th and Sat. Oct. 21st. You can find our more information and purchase tickets for those public programs below. The small group evening owl programs are for up to 8 people (minimum of 4 required or payment for 4, if scheduling for less than 4). Those programs are scheduled in advance and held Sept. 19-Oct. 31st (Tu, Th, Fr, Sa). You can find more information about those at the bottom of the page and by emailing owls@hawkridge.org.

Saturday Evening Public Owl Programs (Sept. 30th & Oct. 21st)

Hawk Ridge is well known for the fantastic fall and spring raptor migration visible during the daylight hours, but did you know that things don’t slow down at night? Hawk Ridge typically bands more owls during the fall season than anywhere else in North America! Whoo doesn’t like owls? From large to small, seasonal travelers, and hardy residents, Minnesota hosts a fascinating diversity of owls, with some crazy habits, and some hauntingly beautiful sounds in the night. Join us to travel through a year of owls found in Minnesota, exploring their interesting life histories, and spotlighting some of the amazing things research has taught us about owls, and a bit about telling who’s whoo.

DATES: Saturday, September 30th and Saturday, October 21st (pre-registration required)

TIME: 8:00pm (arrive 10-15 minutes prior; duration 45-90 min)

LOCATION: Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve Education Program Area (NOTE: Please dress for the weather. If inclement weather, registrants will be notified about cancellation or alternative options).

COST: $10/member; $15/nonmember (limited tickets available). Tickets can be purchased below, or in person at the Hawk Ridge merchandise trailer between 9am and 4pm beginning September 1, OR by calling 218-428-6209


Small Group Owl Programs (advanced registration required)

Small group owl programs (up to 8 people) are another great opportunity to learn more about the owls found in this area, their natural history, and owl research at Hawk Ridge, including the potential of the banding of live owls and their release back into the wild!

DATES: September 19 – October 31st on select dates (only offered Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat)

TIME: Evening time to be arranged (typically start time begins between 7:30-9pm, 1.5-2 hour program)

LOCATION: Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve (registrants will be notified of meeting location in with program confirmation. Please dress for the weather and bring a portable chair. If inclement weather, registrants will be notified about cancellation or alternative options).

COST$40/member; $50/nonmember (limited tickets available).  A minimum of 4 registrants or minimum payment for 4 is required if less than 4 are registered. Hawk Ridge reserves the right to add additional registrants to fill the program to 8 as needed, unless a private group is willing to cover the full cost of 8 participants.

HOW TO REGISTER: To find out small group program availability and advance registration details, please send an email to owls@hawkridge.org with the date(s) you’re interested in and number of people. You will then receive correspondence on registration and payment.

For further education program questions, please contact Margie Menzies at mmenzies@hawkridge.org or call 218-428-8722.

Image Credits: Debbie Waters