Spring Migration Celebration

When:
April 26, 2019 – April 28, 2019 all-day
2019-04-26T00:00:00-05:00
2019-04-29T00:00:00-05:00

Join us for a weekend to celebrate the amazing spring bird migration here in Duluth, MN. Public education programs (migration interpretation & kid’s activities) at the West Skyline Spring Count, Spring Migration Workshop, Saturday Evening Presentation by Carrol Henderson (retired director of MN DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, author, and well known for restoration efforts for Peregrine Falcons, Trumpeter Swans, and Bald Eagles), and birding field trips to be offered. General information about the Hawk Ridge Spring Count can be found HERE.

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Discounted prices for Hawk Ridge Members, MN Master Naturalists and Students!

Workshop and Field Trip Details HERE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 26th

  • 10 am-2 pm: Bird Migration Viewing & Public Education at West Skyline Spring Count* Cost: FREE
  • 8:30 pm: Nature at Night Field Trip (click HERE for field trip schedule & details) Cost: $15 workshop registrants/members; $25 non-member

Saturday, April 27th

  • 6:30 am St. Louis River Estuary Birding Trip (click HERE for field trip schedule & details) Cost: $10 workshop registrants, $15 members, $25 non-member
  • 10 am-2 pm: Bird Migration Viewing & Public Education at West Skyline Spring Count* Cost: FREE
  • 10 am-4:30 pm: Spring Migration Workshop (click HERE for workshop details) Cost of 2-day workshop (Sat & Sun): $80 members/MN Master Nat; $100 non-member
  • 7 pm (doors open at 6:15 pm): Join us before the speaker for social, raffle, and live Peregrine Falcon with Jackie Fallon, Minnesota Coordinator for Midwest Peregrine Society. At 7 pm guest speaker, Carrol Henderson will present “The World of the Peregrine Falcon and its Return to the Skies of Minnesota.” It will cover a brief history of falconry traditions as it relates to the peregrine, the peregrine’s original status in Minnesota and natural history, historic threats to peregrines by oologists, the demise of the falcon from DDT, and its fantastic recovery over the past 43 years. Carrol served as the first director of MN Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program through his retirement in 2018. He is known for restoration efforts for Peregrine Falcons, Trumpeter Swans, and Bald Eagles. Cost: FREE for members/students/workshop participants; $5 non-members. Please RSVP via registration button above. Location: Radisson Hotel Duluth (Viking Room), 505 W Superior St, Duluth, MN

Sunday, April 28th

  • 6:30am: Park Point Birding Trip (click HERE  for field trip schedule & details) Cost: FREE workshop registrants; $15 members; $25 non-member
  • 6:30am-1:00 pm: Spring Migration Workshop (click HERE for Workshop details) – see cost details with Saturday above for 2-day workshop
  • 8am-5pm (weather pending): RAPTORTHON Frank Nicoletti’s West Skyline Hawk Count Team will be tallying all bird species in support of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and the Hawk Migration Association of N.A. (click HERE for more info and to make your pledge of support – thank you!) at West Skyline Spring Count*
  • 10am-2pm: Bird Migration & Public Education at West Skyline Spring Count* Cost: FREE

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

LODGING: Discounted rates available at Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview. Call 1-800-333-3333 to book your room with mention of “Hawk Ridge Birders” rate under account 165340. Sunday-Thursday (King or 2 Queen Beds): $79/night and Friday-Saturday (King or 2 Queen): $99/night.

WEATHER: Inclement weather can impact (postpone/cancel) public program activities taking place at the West Skyline Spring Count. Registered field trip and workshop participants will be contacted by trip leaders for any changes.

DIRECTIONS: If you have not visited the West Skyline Spring Count, we recommend you reading our Visitor’s Guide. NOTE: our spring count is NOT held at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Directions are below:

*Our West Skyline Spring Count location changes with the wind – see below.

In S, SW, SE, N, NW or W winds: Enger Tower.
Directions: From Hwy 35, take the Hwy 53 North exit (255A) in Duluth and continue on Hwy 53 North / Piedmont Ave to the stoplight where Piedmont Avenue splits off. Turn LEFT onto Piedmont Avenue, drive 1 block and turn LEFT onto 24th Ave West, then drive another block and turn LEFT onto West Skyline Parkway. Continue past the Enger Golf Course on West Skyline Parkway to a pullout overlook just below Enger Tower (marked with a sign, “Rice’s Point). You’ll come to West 5th Street if you go too far. If you don’t see anyone at the overlook with binoculars, try the Thompson Hill site. Parking available at Enger Tower Park, and Twin Ponds both a short walk from the count area. Feel free to drop participants at Rice’s Point and then park and return to the count area.

In NE or E winds: Thompson Hill.
Directions: From Hwy 35, take the Boundary Avenue exit (249) and cross to the north side of the freeway. Turn RIGHT onto West Skyline Parkway as if going to the Thompson Hill Rest Stop. Drive past the first rest stop entrance to the overlook directly below the rest stop. (You’ll come to the second rest stop entrance if you go too far.) Parking available in the Thompson Hill Rest Area. Feel free to drop participants then park and return to the count area.

 

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