Birdathon 2018

Birdathon Big Day 2017 winners! Team Grousing Twitchers (Dave Benson & John Ellis; not pictured Lars Benson & David Steininger)

32nd Annual Hawk Ridge Birdathon
May 19th-28th, 2018

We invite you to join us in participating and/or supporting the 32nd annual Hawk Ridge Birdathon! The Birdathon is fun event for participants of all ages and abilities to enjoy watching and listening to birds throughout the day, as well as an important fundraising event to help support the bird education and research programs at Hawk Ridge.

*NEW this year – an extended period of 10 days vs. 1 day to participate in one of six categories within either St. Louis, Cook, or Lake Counties!

To register, please read the information in the links below first and you can then register online or by way of gathering pledges of at least $30. Please email Janelle Long ( with your team name/names of participants to get your online pledge link set up.

Birdathon Registration 2018

Participation Rules 2018

Leader Instructions 2018

Pledge Form 2018 
(print version, but please email to get your online pledge link set up)

Cook County Birdathon Team- Sunday, May 20

Spring bird migration has had a slow start through early spring in Northern Minnesota- but the birds are now moving full speed ahead towards summer breeding grounds! It’s a great time to check on who’s in the neighborhood, or just passing through. The Hawk Ridge Birdathon, which has historically only been St. Louis County has expanded this year to allow entries from Cook and Lake County as well. Sugarloaf and Hawk Ridge are teaming up to form a Cook County Team on May 20. You can meet Margie Menzies at the Sugarloaf Interpretive Center parking lot at 6:30 am. We will check out what’s happening at Sugarloaf and move around Cook County to other hotspots to see what we can find! You can be part of as little or as much as you would like. We will plan to carpool, and continue until we stop. Plan to bring binoculars, lunch and snacks, as well as water. (email with questions).


Details to come, but will likely be held evening of Wed. May 30th or Thurs. May 31st – all are welcome!

REGISTRATION – $30.  Payment is through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to register.

NOTE: If you are covering your registration by way of gathering pledges, please send email to

Pledge to a team

Select the donate button under the team name below:


Margie Menzies and Cook County Sugarloaf Team


Grousing Twitchers (Dave Benson & John Ellis)

Ben’s Birding Buddies (David Alexander & friends)


Nut Brown Thrashers (Tim Bates & Andrew Webster)

Frank’s West Skyline Spring Count Big Sit (Frank Nicoletti)

Lester River Limno Ladies (Molly Thompson, Janelle Long, Noel Larson)

General Birdathon Donation

The 2017 Birdathon was held on May 20, 2017. You can view the 2017 Birdathon Summary and the Species List.

Thank you for your support!

The 2017 Birdathon was held on May 20, 2017.  Download the 2017 Birdathon Summary and the Species List.