Adventures with Gulls and other Harbor Birds – Winter Bird Field Trip March 18th, 2017
The Duluth Harbor is famous for hosting a wide variety of species year-round. Late winter (or early spring, if you are an optimist!) can belong to the gulls, which are a challenge for even the most seasoned birder. Sorting out who’s who is a fine art. In this field trip session, we will take a beginner’s look on how to sort through who might be here and how you tell. However, identification of the bird is only the tip of the iceberg, we’ll also learn about their natural history, behavior, and residents versus visitors. Why are there so many different species of gulls – do they all do the same things? How can that be in the ecological world that says every species has a unique place in the ecosystem? There’s a lot of information to unfold in those white, gray, and black packages! We will also take advantage of learning about other birds that turn up in the harbor area. Join us for our birding adventure!
FIELD TRIP (Limited to 12 participants; minimum of 4): The field trip will meet at the last parking lot on Canal Park Drive, near the Maritime Museum. We will meet at 11:00 am and the field trip will last until 2 pm or so, depending on the birds of course. Prepare for the weather, and plan to bring binoculars, a bag lunch, water and any snacks needed. We will have a couple of spotting scopes, but if you have your own, please consider bringing it.
COST: $20/member (member price applies to Hawk Ridge members and MN Master Naturalists) or $25/non-member.
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Field Trip Leader
MARGIE MENZIES joined the Hawk Ridge staff in 2011 and is currently the Public Program Director. Margie spent years in the formal classroom and has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. During the summer, Margie is the naturalist and resident bird bander and general bird nerd at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center up the North Shore in Schroeder. She works as a freelance naturalist and education consultant for a variety of organizations, such as Hartley Nature Center, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and has also worked at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. She has a BA from Bethel University and a MA from University of St. Thomas. She loves birds, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages.