Fall Bird Migration Workshop – 8/27&28

August 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am – August 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
$80 per member; $90 non members

The fall season is once again nearing and our bird counters and banders are soon to be active at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. If you are interested in learning a little more about migration, we have an upcoming workshop that would be a good primer for the upcoming flight season! This workshop will focus on fall migration in all of its forms and include field learning experiences focusing on migration from the perspective of birds leaving Minnesota, birds wintering in Minnesota, and those birds that may not migrate at all in the fall! It will also be held at two of the most spectacular bird watching locations in Minnesota!

Day 1: Sunday, August 27th 9 am-4 pm

Sax-Zim Bog: Migration Mecca

INSTRUCTOR: Clinton Nienhaus

Meet at the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center 

The first day of this two day workshop will be held in the Sax-Zim Bog and will investigate what migration means for many of our northern species. The Sax-Zim Bog is home to species of bird that will migrate to South America and it also becomes home to species that migrate from the Arctic to winter on the “Arctic Riveria” of the Sax-Zim Bog. We hope to find migrant warblers, learn about migration needs and wants of species, and maybe even view a few early winter visitors like crossbills. This portion of the workshop will also investigate why some birds do not migrate in the fall, comparing this survival strategy with those of our other migrating avian species.

Day 2: Monday, August 28th 7 am-2 pm (NOTE different start and end times from Sunday)

Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve: Highway to the Neotropical Realm

INSTRUCTORS: Clinton Niehaus & Margie Menzies

Meet at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve main overlook (click HERE for directions)

The second day of this workshop will be spent at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. We will hope to view some migration in action, as well as learn about migration in a more in depth and hands on fashion through both the bird migration count and bird banding research being done at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. This portion of the workshop will also include ID tips and tricks for observing and documenting migration and hopefully some live banded birds. Here, we hope to see migrating warblers, sparrows, and of course raptors.

WHAT TO BRING: Each day will be filled with learning opportunities focused on the spectacle of migration. Northern Minnesota has a diversity of habitats which are great stop over locations for species and a great location to start watching migration! For this workshop do plan on bringing a lunch and eating in the field. It would be important to bring note taking materials and your binoculars. Clipboards, field guides, and a spotting scope or two will be provided during the workshop.

COST: $80 for members of Hawk Ridge and/or Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, $90 for non-members

To register for this workshop, click on the link below.



For further questions about the workshop, contact Clinton Nienhaus at cnienhaus@hawkridge.org or 218-428-8722.


Clinton Nienhaus is the Education Director for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, as well as the Head Naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. On top of that, he is finishing his Master’s at the University of Minnesota- Duluth and is the Vice President of the Duluth Audubon Society. Birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, plants, and dragonflies are his passions, but really, for a naturalist everything is exciting! Clinton is a native of Southern Minnesota, but currently lives in Duluth.

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 the Public Program Director. 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.