All About Owls Two-day Virtual Workshop (with optional add-on field trip)

February 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – February 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Contact Margie Menzies to see if you can register.

WHEN: Friday, February 19th & Saturday, February 20th, 2020 (LIMIT 25, minimum 5)

Optional Field Trips – Saturday February 20th evening or Sunday February 21st morning or evening (LIMIT 6/field trip, minimum 4)

COST: Members/MN Master Naturalists – $80 workshop only or $115 w/field trip

Non-members – $100 workshop only or $150 w/field trip

A grouping of owls is called a Parliament. Join Hawk Ridge for a two day Zoom Parliament on Owls focused on discovering more about these amazing mostly nocturnal wonders of the bird world- perfect for those WHOO wonder about owls. Did you know there are 19 species of owls found in the US? We’ll explore these masters of camouflage and their amazing adaptations and lifestyles that make them top of the line predators from the smallest to the largest. Some of these owls are migrants, some are homebodies, and some only move if they must under a variety of natural conditions. What is an irruption and why do they happen, and who’s involved? We’ll also explore general identification tools like plumage and sounds. And highlight some of the research efforts underway studying owls through Hawk Ridge. And if you are close enough to Northern Minnesota to join us, we will offer some optional safe distancing owl field trips in small groups after the workshop.

The Zoom workshop portion will be offered on Friday, February 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm, and Saturday, February 20th from 9:30-11:30 am and from 1:00-3:00 pm. Sessions will be interactive and include stretch breaks, and time for discussion and maybe a quiz or two!

Optional field trips will take place weather permitting Saturday Evening February 20th, Sunday morning February 21st, and Sunday evening February 21st. Field trips will be 3-4 hours in duration, and exact locations and meeting places set closer to the actual field trip dates. Our main interest will be Owls of course, and the timing will be to catch the dawn or dusk activity period of Great Gray Owls. Our hope is to find Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawk Owl, possible Snowy Owl, and also possible Great Horned and Barred Owls. We will also listen for nocturnal owl vocalizations. Each session will be limited to 6 participants driving in separate vehicles or family groupings. Optional field trips will be an additional $35 fee for members and $50 for non-members. Margie will contact participants with further details and Zoom link in the week prior to the workshop week. Please feel free to contact Margie at or 218-428-8722 with further questions.

Margie Menzies is 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 joined Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in 2011 as a fall naturalist and is currently Education Director at Hawk Ridge. She has a passion for birds and has been involved in songbird banding for more than 25 years. She is also the naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center up the North Shore in Schroeder, MN. She has a BA from Bethel University and a MA from University of St. Thomas. She loves birds, loves learning, and loves sharing the natural world with people of all ages.