Spring Migration Workshop May 6

May 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Golden Eagle by Alex Lamareaux

So Mother Nature forced us to cancel our previously scheduled April 14-15th Spring Raptor Migration workshop, so we are rescheduling a 1-day shortened workshop- with much of the same content- and hopefully much better weather! Come join us!

West Skyline Hawk Count ranks as one of the top sites in the US for numbers and diversity of raptors during the spring migration? We are happy to announce that thanks to generous funding from a donor, the West Skyline Hawk Count is back in action full-time with Frank Nicoletti as our lead counter! Join us for an exciting workshop this May to see a wide variety and ages of raptors traveling through on their way north during the spring 2018 migration!

Have you ever wondered about differences in spring migration versus fall? Do birds use the same route in the spring that they used in the fall? Do adult birds and immature birds travel at the same time? Can you age and sex a bird in flight? How does weather impact migration patterns – is there raptor fallout? This workshop will address all of these questions, as well as the overall science of spring migration, learning basic ID skills, and counting essentials, and exploring one of the top spring raptor migration sites in the US.

This field-oriented program will explore different spring count locations based on what is happening with the weather. We will carpool to different locations as needed. April weather can be unpredictable with rain/wind (hopefully not snow!), so we will have an indoor space where we can meet as needed to warm up, dry off and explore things indoor as needed.

The course will begin at 9 am on Sunday, May 6th and will run through approximately 4 pm. Participants should plan to bring a bag lunch. Further information regarding logistics will be provided to participants prior to the workshop.

Workshop will be led by Margie Menzies, Hawk Ridge Program Director, with possible assistance from other Hawk Ridge staff/volunteers.


Workshop is limited to 12 participants with minimum of 5.

COST: $60 for Members of Hawk Ridge and/or Minnesota Master Naturalists, $70 for others.


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MARGIE MENZIES joined the Hawk Ridge staff in 2011 and is currently the Public Program Director.

Margie spent years in the formal classroom and has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. During the summer, Margie is the naturalist and resident bird bander and general bird nerd at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center up the North Shore in Schroeder. She works as a freelance naturalist and education consultant for a variety of organizations, such as Hartley Nature Center, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and has also worked at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. She has a BA from Bethel University, and a MA from University of St.Thomas. She loves birds, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages