Virtual Programs – NEW!

Live virtual programs are being offered by Hawk Ridge. If you have a group that’s interested in learning more about the amazing migration phenomenon at Hawk Ridge, we would love to share fascinating stories, science, and beautiful birds with you virtually! Note – we will also be offering several public virtual programs and workshops that individuals can sign up for, so be sure to watch our event calendar for those!

Contact Margie Menzies, or 218-428-6209, for booking your program. Check out some examples of programs offered below or work with Margie on a customized program today!


Cost: $120 for 1 hour program (45 minute program, 15 minute Q&A) up to 50 people *Custom program costs will start at $150 & vary depending on program time and specifics.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory: Counting for Conservation

Each fall and spring, millions of birds migrate via the Central corridor, one of the premier flyways of North America. An average of 90,000 raptors and hundreds of thousands of other migratory birds are counted annually during the fall and spring counts conducted by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.  These phenomenal natural events are amazing to observe! A single day can easily yield thousands to tens of thousands in single species counts. Why do we see such huge numbers? What are we learning from these birds who fly by twice annually? This presentation will teach you about the science of migration, such as the differences between fall and spring migrations, what species are observed and when is the best time to see them, trends observed in nearly 50 years of data, as well as research and education efforts underway at Hawk Ridge.

A Year in the Life of Owls

Hawk Ridge is well known for the fantastic fall and spring raptor migration visible during the day, but did you know that things don’t slow down at night? Hawk Ridge typically bands more owls during the fall season than anywhere else in North America! Whoo doesn’t like owls? From large to small, seasonal travelers, and hardy residents, Minnesota hosts a fascinating diversity of owls, with some crazy habits, and responsible for some hauntingly beautiful sounds in the night. Join us to travel through a year of owls found in Minnesota, exploring their interesting life histories, and spotlighting some of the amazing things research has taught us about owls, and a bit about telling who’s whoo.

New for 2021­- Pick a Bird Brain!

One of the things leaping into the world of virtual programming has taught us, is that doing some things virtual should stay even as things begin to return to normal. Birders love an opportunity to talk about birds- and doing this virtually doesn’t require you to travel beyond your computer- where you can be holed up in your jammies and partaking of your favorite brew! Hawk Ridge Staff and occasional guest experts will host an hour long monthly bird exploration. The session will begin with a quick update or presentation on the theme for the show- 5-10 minutes, then it will be off into the world of bird exploration and discussion. Questions can be sent in advance for first dibs on getting them answered, but also accepted on the spot. Who knows where we might travel with our trusty computer steed!

Next date- April 20, 2021 at 7 pm Central Time! Pick a Bird Brain – Neotropical Migrants

Upcoming Workshops

Learn the Secret of Spring Migration! – Jump forward to April for this experience which will include virtual lessons and then actual field exploration at the Hawk Ridge Spring Count location. Visit Spring Migration Weekend for more info and to register.