Annual Member Meeting

September 18, 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Hawk Ridge 2020 Annual Meeting was held virtually on Friday, September 18th at 2:30pm followed by guest speaker, Joe Barnes, at 3pm.

Annual Meeting Recording – Click HERE

Joe Barnes Presentation Recording – Click HERE


Approval of minutes from the 2019 annual member meeting:

·        8 board members were elected: Sean Copeland – tribal attorney (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Tessa Enroth – individual gifts officer (Friends of the Mississippi River), Matti Erpestad  – program coordinator and instructor (University of MN Duluth), Ken Gilbertson – professor and director (University of Minnesota Duluth), Robin Maxwell Pestalozzi – director of development (Essentia Health Foundation), Jim Sanders  – retired (USDA Forest Service), Andrew Streitz – hydrologist (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Collin Zimmerman – senior accountant (Hansen House Company).

·        Janelle Long provided a summary of HRBO activities

Election of HRBO board members (2-year term):

·        Matt Etterson- research ecologist (Environmental Protection Agency)

·        Monica Bryand – independent consultant/photographer

·        Bruce Munson – retired professor (University of Minnesota Duluth)

 Summary of HRBO activities (Janelle Long – Executive Director)

Please join us after the annual meeting at 3:00 pm for a virtual guest research presentation, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Duluth Biology Department. Recording of presentation HERE.

Joe Barnes, Nongame Wildlife State Specialist, Nevada Department of Wildlife will present Peregrine Falcons as a Biomonitor: A Local Study Taken to a Continental Scale. Joe has conducted research on Peregrine Falcons from 2004-2019: his work that began in southern Nevada with a population status update, habitat use modeling, and developing survey methodology, and gradually began including a dietary analysis, territory turnover, mercury (Hg) contaminant analysis, and population genetics.  Collaborations expanded his peregrine work to include research in various locations across the U.S., and my Hg research began including several other species of raptor and other birds. 
Joe Barnes Biosketch
Joe is the statewide Staff Specialist for nongame terrestrial species with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. He received a B.S. in biology from Baldwin-Wallace University and M.S. with an emphasis in ecology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011.  After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked for several years as a high-seas fisheries biologist in Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan before shifting to raptors.  For his thesis, he studied a resident breeding population of Peregrine Falcons while conducting prey and habitat-use analyses, and developed a new call-broadcast survey approach.  After finishing his graduate studies, he worked on several targeted research projects looking at Golden Eagle habitat-use in relation to renewable energy projects throughout the southwest U.S. and Mexico.  Responsibilities for his current position cover all nongame taxa in Nevada, but he has been able to continue his focused research on peregrines, Golden Eagles, and Ferruginous Hawks.  Additionally, he has contributed for several years on a long-term study of migrating Peregrine Falcons on Padre Island, Texas and also led a population assessment of peregrines on the Channel Islands, California. In addition to the above projects, he has experience working with raptors in far-flung locations such as Gyrfalcons in northwest Alaska, Red-shouldered Hawks in Wisconsin, and Swainson’s Hawks in northern California.