The Science and Wonder of Bird Migration Workshop

September 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – September 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve Main Overlook

The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the premier migratory routes for raptors and song birds in North America. Hundreds of thousands to millions of birds migrate via this route, and many of them pass directly over Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. This 2 day workshop follows our Hawk Weekend Festival, which celebrates the period of time that typically has the greatest numbers of raptors coming through. This workshop is designed to show off all the best of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.

On location at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, we will explore the history and geology of how this migratory corridor developed and the forces behind such an exceptional route. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the migration in motion, learn from expert staff members about specific types of birds, their life histories and adaptations, follow daily trends on how the 2019 migration season is progressing, and observe the research efforts in place at Hawk Ridge, including the passerine, raptor and owl banding stations. What an opportunity for up close views of a wide variety of bird species!

Schedule is subject to change (pending inclement weather). Margie will contact registered participants with further details in the week prior to the workshop.

What to Bring: Binoculars and dress in layers. Bring your own snacks and drinks, and plan on a bag lunch for the second day.

Cost: $80 members/students, $100 non-members ( NOTE: $5 registration increase after 9/1!)
LIMIT 12; Minimum 7


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 Education Director at Hawk Ridge. 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.

Cancellation Information
• Full refund (less $5 processing fee) is available if participant cancels more than two
weeks prior; no refund if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior and cannot be
filled by wait list (no-shows do not apply).
• In the event of illness or injury or family emergency with prior notification, full refund
will be given (less $5 processing fee).
• If Hawk Ridge needs to cancel the program, you will receive 100% refund.
• If you need to cancel, you must contact us at or 218-428-6209