2020 marks the 49th fall season of bird migration monitoring research at Hawk Ridge! Hawk Ridge is one of the premier fall bird migration sites in North America. It’s the western-most count on the Great Lakes with an advantageous location on a rocky ridge overlooking the western tip of Lake Superior. Annual fall averages include 75,000 raptors and 200,000+ passerines/other birds counted and approximately 3,000 raptors banded! Over 175 different species were recorded in 2019! Fall migration highlights include an amazing diversity of 15-20 different raptor species!
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO) in Duluth, Minnesota is seeking one experienced Owl Bander to document and showcase the amazing fall owl migration at Hawk Ridge. Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is a prime migratory site in the fall with seasonal owl banding totals ranging from 600-1500 birds. Owl species banded, include Northern Saw-whet, Long-eared, Barred and Great Horned. This is a seasonal full-time position September 15 – November 9, 2019. *Please note that while we are hopeful to fulfill fall seasonal positions as normal, circumstances are subject to change due to COVID-19. Candidates will be made aware of changes, as soon as possible.
The fall research and education staff of HRBO are key representatives in helping promote HRBO’s mission of protecting birds of prey and other migratory birds in the Western Lake Superior Region through research, education, and stewardship. Primary duties include opening and closing nets, net checks, banding, and recording information on owls. Skill requirements include at least two seasons (preferably more) of previous mist-netting and banding experience and tolerant of harsh weather conditions (heat, cold, wind). Must work well alone and with others. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and personal vehicle for transportation. Seasonal salary is approximately $2700 per month, dependent on experience. Lodging provided, if available.
To apply, please go to: https://www.hawkridge.org/about-us/employment-internships/