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Mar
11
Sat
Boreal Birds Exploration Weekend
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

Northern Minnesota is well known for long winters and cold ones at that. But it is also one of the best places in the US to see some amazing northern resident birds and fascinating over-wintering birds from points even further north! Mid-March is a great time to get out and look for all of these amazing birds. It can be a bit warmer than earlier in the winter and also has the advantage of spring migration being well underway already for a number of species. We will explore the ecology of the northern landscape which is the backbone for who can be found where- each of these birds has a story! Join leaders Frank Nicoletti and Margie Menzies for a fascinating 2 day weekend exploration of this area (with an optional early bird Friday afternoon in the Duluth/Superior Area).  

Depending on conditions and where the birds are, we will spread our two day adventures over two distinct locations, the Sax-Zim Bog area to the northwest of Duluth and the Superior National Forest and North Shore of Lake Superior to the northeast. We will see what skill and luck can find us and take a closer look at patterns and conditions that contribute to the story of each of these species of birds. Possible species include Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Northern Hawk-Owl, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Evening Grosbeak, Northern Shrike, Black-billed Magpie, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Canada Jay, Common Redpoll, Bohemian Waxwings, and many more!

Optional Friday 3/10 afternoon trip:  If you are able to come in earlier on Friday, we will offer an afternoon exploration in the Duluth/Superior area, which could include depending on harbor ice conditions, birds in the harbor including gulls and ducks, a visit to the spring raptor count site, or searching for Snowy Owls in the harbor area, or other highlights that might be happening in the local area. This would run from roughly 1 pm til dusk. COST: Additional $50 Members/ Master Naturalists, $75 Non-members.

Participants: Limited to 12 participants (minimum of 8)

Logistics: We will plan to carpool as much as possible to limit the number of vehicles in the field. We will also be able to communicate via radio between vehicles. Creature comfort stops will also be provided during the expedition days. Accommodations are on your own. A variety of hotels in the Duluth vicinity will offer discounted rates for Hawk Ridge Birders. Here is a link to our website and the area hotels that we know will offer discounts. Lodging Discounts for Birders. Further information (ex. Meeting locations and times) will be provided to participants prior to trip. 

What to Bring: Plan on bringing a bag breakfast, lunch, and whatever snacks and beverages you will need each day. Clothes essentials for this trip include insulated boots, long underwear, layers of warm clothing, hats and mittens, and a windproof outer layer.  Average high temperature for this time of year is low to mid 20’s F, but there are always possibilities of significantly cooler temperatures as well, so plan wisely and be prepared for a variety of conditions. We will plan to work around whatever weather conditions occur.

What to Bring: Binoculars are essential. We will have binoculars and several scopes for use available. Feel free to bring whatever birding gear you prefer (optics, camera, field guides). We will provide a potential list of species checklist, so you may want to bring a notebook and writing utensils if you are a lister. 

Cost: $200 for Hawk Ridge Members/Master Naturalists, $250 for Non-members. With optional Friday pre-trip exploration: $250 Members/Master Naturalist, $325 non-members.

REGISTER HERE (Must Register by Fri. March 3rd):


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Mar
25
Sat
Costa Rica Birding Trip, March 25, 2023 – April 3, 2023
Mar 25 – Apr 3 all-day

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and Holbrook Travel have an amazing birding expedition planned for March 25-April 3, 2023 in Costa Rica. In addition to an incredible adventure, this trip also helps support the work of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory! It could be that special holiday gift you’re looking for (or to just treat yourself to an warm escape from winter)! Find out more by clicking HERE and reading below!

Broad-billed Motmot pair courtesy Holbrook Travel

We will have an in-country guide on this 10-day program to discover the abundant species of neotropical birds and other wildlife inhabiting this small, but biodiverse country. We’ll begin in the tropical lowland rainforests, before making our way to the dry forest of the Pacific coast. The journey culminates in the high-elevation cloud forests of the Talamanca Mountains. We will have the chance to identify hundreds of bird species, while learning about the natural history of Costa Rica and the latest conservation initiatives to protect its precious ecosystems. Be an observer of the beginnings of the great spring migration of birds to breeding grounds in the north, as both neotropical and raptor migrants will be moving! 

Boat-billed Heron courtesy Holbrook Travel

Each day provides a variety of opportunities to make the most of the birding/nature touring available, as well as options for individual exploration and leisure time. You will be travelling with other nature enthusiasts to all share an amazing spectrum of bird experiences and knowledge. All meals are included and dining is often arranged outdoors or in private group seating. Our Hawk Ridge trip to Panama this past October demonstrated that Holbrook travel works closely with the service industry in Latin America to minimize Covid risks. Birding trips by default are outdoors and of small group size of 8-10 participants. 

Common Basilisk by Laura Hare

Don’t miss this incredible experience! Space on this trip is limited to 10, and final payment for the trip is due December 20, 2022. REGISTER HERE today! Questions? Contact Debbie Sturdivant Jordan at 866-748-6146 or debbie@holbrooktravel.com, or Margie Menzies mmenzies@hawkridge.org. Hope to see you in March!

Oct
24
Tue
Costa Rica Hawk Watch and Birding Tour
Oct 24 – Nov 1 all-day

Hawk Ridge and Holbrook Travel are off on another fascinating Costa Rica Adventure in the fall of 2023. A perfect excursion for nature lovers and avid birders- particularly those who have an interest in raptors! Venture to the Caribbean coastline and remote Tortuguero National Park, well known as one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in the world, but also an extensive network of waterways and diverse species of birds and other wildlife. Find out more by clicking HERE and reading below!

The famed raptor hotspot of Kéköldi Indigenous Reserve is up next and there we will be witnessing not only raptors but other migratory birds streaming through on their way south during some of the heaviest traffic times in one of the busiest migration places in the world! It’s possible to see species like the Broad-winged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, and more. The numbers of birds who use this thoroughfare are mind-bending and October is usually when the highest counts happen.

Then journey inland to discover the rainforests of Selva Verde, our private eco-reserve set on 500 protected acres that hundreds of bird species call home. Take guided hikes in the private rainforest reserve at Selva Verde Lodge, with opportunities to see birds like the Keel-billed Toucan, Sunbittern, and endangered Great Green Macaw. We will also bird the trails of the world-renowned La Selva Biological Station, where more than half of Costa Rica’s species have been recorded.

Each day provides a variety of opportunities to make the most of the birding/nature touring available, as well as options for individual exploration and leisure time. You will be traveling with other nature enthusiasts to all share an amazing spectrum of bird experiences and knowledge. All meals are included and dining is often arranged outdoors or in private group seating. 

Don’t miss this incredible experience! Space on this trip is limited to 10, and final payment for the trip is due July 21, 2023. REGISTER HERE today! Questions? Contact Debbie Sturdivant Jordan at 866-748-6146 or debbie@holbrooktravel.com, or Margie Menzies mmenzies@hawkridge.org. Hope to see you in October!

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