Spring Migration Workshop Weekend

April 22, 2022 – April 24, 2022 all-day

Hawk Ridge has been monitoring the fall bird migration since the 1950’s, but did you know that the West Skyline Hawk Count ranks as one of the top sites in the US for numbers and diversity of raptors during the spring migration? Late April is likely to provide a wide variety and ages of raptors traveling through on their way north, as well as plenty of other species of birds. Join us for an exciting workshop exploring the spring 2022 migration!

This workshop will address the overall science of spring migration, learning basic ID skills, and counting essentials, natural history, current Hawk Ridge Research, and exploring first hand one of the top spring raptor migration sites in the US, and the Duluth Harbor and St. Louis River area for migrants of all types!

This field-oriented program will explore different count locations based on what is happening with the weather. We will drive to other locations as needed. Late April weather can be unpredictable, so we will plan to have an indoor space where we can meet as needed to warm up, dry off and explore things indoors as needed.


We will practice safe distancing and masking with participants and will ask participants to only carpool with family groups. Participants will have multiple options for how they choose to participate in the workshop. Sessions will be either grouped as the whole experience at a discounted price, or select which activities you would like to attend and choose them a la carte.

Workshop sessions will be led by Margie Menzies, Hawk Ridge Education Director, and assisted at times by Hawk Ridge Count Staff/Volunteers, and other potential experts present during the time of the workshop sessions.

What to bring: Dress in layers for weather, hiking shoes/boots, binoculars (note: we will have loaner binoculars available for use), water/drink, and other optional items might include field guide, camera, spotting scope, snacks, and portable chair for the sessions at the West Skyline Spring Count


The workshop includes 8 individual sessions, or you may select sessions a la carte for which you would like to attend. Full workshop fee is $150.00 for Hawk Ridge Members, Students, Master Naturalists or $230.00 for non-members. If you choose to select a la carte, each session is $25.00 for Hawk Ridge Members, Students, and Master Naturalists or $35.00 for non-members. If you’d like to attend, but are financially unable at this time, please contact Margie Menzies at mmenzies@hawkridge.org for assistance.

NOTE: Full weekend workshop discounted registration due by Fri. 4/15 or until limited slots are filled. A la carte registration open until Wed. 4/20 or until limited slots are filled. Each workshop session is

limited to 15 participants with minimum of 5 required. Please complete the following online form to register for the Hawk Ridge Spring Migration Weekend.


Further information regarding logistics will be provided to participants prior to the workshop. General visitor viewing at the West Skyline Spring Count takes place daily through May 31 (visiting the site is free of charge and does not require registration – you can just show up and enjoy the migration with us! Plan your visit HERE).