Western Great Lakes Owl Monitoring

From 2005-2014, the Western Great Lakes Owl Monitoring Project was a 10-year collaborative effort between Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO), Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI-UMN-Duluth), MN-Dept. of Nat. Res. (MN-DNR), Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI), and the WI-Dept. of Nat. Res. (WI-DNR) to monitor owl populations in the western Great Lakes region.

Beginning in 2015, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory continued the MN portion of this project on a volunteer basis. Your citizen-science efforts are appreciated and we THANK YOU for continuing to help collect this data! We are working towards a volunteer system for data entry, analysis, and annual report. Thank you for your patience and understanding with these efforts. If you are interested in contributing funds to the project, please click HERE to donate and note: Owl Monitoring Project.

Here’s what you need to know, if you’re interested in completing an owl monitoring survey route in the spring (April 1st-15th):

In the effort to minimize staff time needed, we have implemented an electronic system for registering and obtaining maps. You can register for an owl survey route by clicking below on “BECOME A VOLUNTEER”, which will provide further information  and instructions. We know that many of you have done the same routes for a very long time and encourage you to continue with your routes (which some you have already signed up for!).

If you have any questions, please contact Margie Menzies at education@hawkridge.org or 218-428-8722.


Annual Reports


MN Volunteer Coordinator
Margie Menzies

WI Volunteer Coordinator
Ryan Brady

Image Credits: Debbie Waters