2020 marks the 49th fall season of raptor research at Hawk Ridge. It is well known as one of the premier fall bird migration sites in North America to observe large numbers of birds of great diversity. Annual fall averages include 75,000 raptors and 200,000+ passerines/other birds counted and approximately 3,000 raptors banded! The Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO) is the non-profit organization that manages and conducts bird research and education at the nature reserve. The mission of HRBO is to protect birds of prey and other migratory birds in the western Lake Superior region through research, education, and stewardship.
As part of its educational and conservation goals, HRBO is offering traineeships for those seeking hands-on professional experience to assist them in their pursuit of higher level education and/or career in a field consistent with HRBO’s mission. Training will focus on the fall bird migration research and education at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Training will be conducted by our managers with much knowledge and expertise in the field. This is a great experiential opportunity for trainees to learn from our best! Trainees may also complete a special project pertaining to their focus area that will be developed in cooperation with their training supervisor. Trainees will be provided a stipend of $100 per week and lodging. In order to apply, trainees must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and personal vehicle for transportation.
HRBO is currently seeking two Bird Migration Count Research Trainees for the 2020 fall migration season. The Bird Migration Count Traineeships plan to run August 30th to October 31st, 2020. The Bird Migration Count Traineeship primary goals are to learn all aspects of bird migration count research field techniques for both raptors (hawks, falcons, eagles, etc.) and non-raptors (songbirds, waterfowl, etc.). Trainees will also gain experience interacting with the public, as well as other professional colleagues. *Please note that while we are hopeful to fulfill fall traineeships as normal, circumstances are subject to change due to COVID-19. Candidates will be made aware of changes, as soon as possible.
To apply for the Bird Migration Count Traineeship, please go to: https://www.hawkridge.org/about-us/employment-internships/