Hawk Ridge 50th Anniversary Event Sept 22-25, 2022

When:
September 22, 2022 – September 25, 2022 all-day
2022-09-22T00:00:00-05:00
2022-09-26T00:00:00-05:00

Theme: 50 Years and Counting (1972-2022)! Celebration of Past, Present, and Future

We invite you to join us for this special celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve & raptor research at Hawk Ridge! The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve was established in 1972, which also was the first year of full-time standardized fall raptor migration count and raptor banding research. Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, the 501(c)3 nonprofit and management entity of the nature reserve, is holding the 50th Anniversary Event & Festival. Please join us in celebration and support of the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and the bird conservation efforts there today and for the future!

Registration Information and General Schedule of Events

Registration/Tickets: Discounted package for whole event weekend (includes Thurs-Sat evening events, 1 workshop option & 1 live falcons program at Hawk Ridge) or registration/tickets can also be purchased a la carte (prices will vary depending on field trip/workshop/evening event).

Festival Registration Package (early bird rate ends August 1st and festival package only available through September 1st) Discounted registration package includes all evening events (Thurs. 50th Anniversary Celebration Event/Dinner Ticket, Fri. evening social/research poster session at Great Lakes Aquarium, Sat. evening social/annual meeting/speaker panel at Univ. of MN Duluth), one workshop (songbird banding or advanced hawk watching), one live falcons program, and festival wristband for daily scheduled programs at Hawk Ridge Fri-Sun. Optional field trips are not included, but can be added to your package (click HERE for detailed info on field trips, workshops, and evening events). COST: $115 members/$175 non-members (early bird $15 discount ends Aug. 1st, package offer ends Sept. 1st, all registration is a la carte only after Sept. 1st.)

A la Carte Registration – register for individual event selections. COST: varies by event (members/students receive discounted prices on all events); you can click HERE for detailed information on all field trips, workshops, and evening events.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE 

General Schedule of Events: A tentative schedule of events is below. For details on all field trips, workshops, and evening events, please click HERE. For schedule of festival programs at Hawk Ridge (Fri-Sun), please click HERE. Please note schedule is subject to change and registrants will be notified of any applicable changes to their pre-registered field trip/workshop/event.

Thursday, September 22nd

  • 9am-4pm: Bird Migration & Programs at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
  • 5:30-9pm: Hawk Ridge 50th Anniversary Celebration Banquet at the Greysolon Ballroom (pre-registration required by 9/8)
  • 9:30pm Evening Owl Program (pre-registration required)

Friday, September 23rd

  • Full day trip: Sax-Zim Bog Birding and Natural History Tour (pre-registration required)
  • 7am: Songbird Banding Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • 9am-4pm: Bird Migration & Programs at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve (festival wristband required for programs, click HERE for program schedule)
  • 3pm: Academic presentation by Dr. Robert Rosenfield on Cooper’s Hawk research at University of MN Duluth (no registration required)
  • 6:30-9pm: Social Event & Bird Research Poster Session at the Great Lakes Aquarium (pre-registration discount, $10 more at door)
  • 9:30pm Evening Owl Program (PROGRAM IS FULL)

Saturday, September 24th

  • Early morning: Birding Field Trips (click HERE for field trip schedule & details)
  • 7am: Songbird Banding Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • 9am-4pm: Bird Migration & Programs at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve (festival wristband required for programs, click HERE for program schedule)
  • 11am: Live Falcons Program (pre-registration required)
  • 1pm: Advanced Hawk Watching/Raptor ID Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • 6:30-9pm:Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Annual Meeting & Evening Speaker Panel at the University of MN Duluth (Room LSci185) on “Future of raptor conservation: what we’ve learned from 50 years of raptor research at Hawk Ridge”(pre-registration required)
  • 9:30pm Evening Owl Program (PROGRAM IS FULL)

Sunday, September 25th

  • Early morning: Birding Field Trips (click HERE for field trip schedule & details)
  • 7am: Songbird Banding Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • 9am-4pm: Bird Migration & Programs at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve (festival wristband required for programs, click HERE for program schedule)
  • 11am: Live Falcons Program (pre-registration required)
  • 1pm: Advanced Hawk Watching/Raptor ID Workshop (pre-registration required)
  • 7:30pm Evening Owl Program (pre-registration required)

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

Plan Your Visit: If you have not visited Hawk Ridge, we recommend you reading our Visitor’s Guide.

Directions on how to get to Hawk Ridge and other helpful information can be found in our Visitor’s Guide under the Plan Your Visit tab from our home page. Please note Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is an outdoor facility without a building. Portable toilets are available. Accessible parking/drop-off is available near the main overlook for those in need and other parking is along the road-side. Water, soda, and light snacks are available for purchase in our merchandise trailer. We strive to have food trucks at our event, but they aren’t guaranteed. There are many restaurants within a 5-10-minute drive of Hawk Ridge or feel free to bring a cooler with food/snacks/drink (please note no alcohol is permitted in park). To view the migration comfortably, you may want to bring a chair, binoculars, and dress in layers (cold, heat, rain, sunglasses/sunscreen, hat, etc.).

Refunds/Cancellations – HRBO understands unexpected circumstances may arise. Please contact us as soon as possible with any changes, so we can plan accordingly. For Thurs. evening banquet tickets, we may not be able to provide a refund after 9/8 (2 weeks prior to event).

*Thank you to Emma Regnier for the beautiful artwork designs in celebration of the Hawk Ridge 50th Anniversary! Special limited edition 50th Anniversary merchandise will be for sale at Hawk Ridge and online this fall!

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