Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hawk Weekend Festival Sept. 19-21, 2014

Come celebrate the migration at our annual Hawk Weekend Festival event!   

REGISTER TODAY for the Hawk Weekend Festival 2014 taking place Friday, September 19st - Sunday September 21st

Start the weekend off with an optional Friday all-day field trip to the Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird Area. Bird the famous bog, known for great boreal species. Possible species include Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Magpies, sparrows and other migrating species (cost $90 members/students, $100 non-members).

Register for the full weekend ($115 members/students, $165 non-members) and enjoy both Fri. & Sat. evening dinners/speakers, 1 field trip Sat. (birding by boat trip additional cost), 1 field trip Sun., & 1 raptor identification workshop. Hawk Weekend Festival field trips, workshops, and evening events are beginning to fill up! Tickets are limited for these special offerings.

Hawk Ridge Legacy Award  to Jan Green


Friday evening highlights include fabulous dinner buffet, the   Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Annual Member Meeting at 6:45pm including the Hawk Ridge Legacy Award being presented to Janet Green, followed by a great presentation from Laura Erickson, “Laura’s Conservation Big Year –604 species and tons of fun”! 

Natural History and Birds of the St. Louis River!
Optional Saturday birding by boat field trip "Natural History and Birds of the St. Louis River Basin". Cruise the St. Louis River on the Vista Queen boat to learn about the exciting natural history of the estuary, while birding along the way. This trip will be co-led by expert birder, Laura Erickson, who recently completed her own conservation 'Big Year' with a total of 604 bird species recorded. Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Coordinator, Deanna Erickson, will share her passion for the river's ecology and interesting natural history facts. ($50 members/students, $60 non-members)

 Saturday highlights include  fabulous dinner buffet, exciting fundraiser with wonderful packages, and a great presentation on owls from expert Dr. James R. Duncan, "Manitoba’s Volunteer Nocturnal Owl Survey: An Evaluation of 23 Years of Citizen Science in Action."

All activities at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve are open to the public; everything else requires registration.

NEW commemorative Hawk Weekend Festival t-shirt with beautiful Sharp-shinned Hawk art design by popular Duluth artist Adam Swanson.Limited t-shirts available for purchase ($31) during the event! 

More of Adam’s art can be found at Siiviis and at Lizzards Gallery in Duluth, at Sivertson’s Gallery in Grand Marais, and at his website

For more details about the Hawk Weekend festival, go to or contact us at 218-428-6209 or  

We hope to see you at the festival and at Hawk Ridge this fall season! Naturalist staff and volunteers are on-site at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve every day 9am-4pm through October 31!


Janelle Long
Hawk Ridge Executive Director

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