SPRING BIRD MIGRATION COUNTER POSITION
2022 marks the 5th consecutive, full spring season of bird migration monitoring research at the West Skyline Spring Count in Duluth, MN! This is one of the premier spring bird migration sites in North America with record numbers of Bald and Golden Eagles, as well as other raptor species. The spring migration count average from 2018-2021 is over 25,000 raptors and thousands of other birds. Over 125 different bird species were recorded in 2021! Spring migration highlights include an amazing diversity of 15-20 different raptor species, as outlined:
Peak for each species (high counts listed)
Eagles: around March 25 (Bald: 100-500/day; Golden: 10/day)
Rough-legged Hawks: April 10-20 (up to 75/day)
Red-tailed Hawks: April 10-20 (1,000-2,000/day)
Broad-winged Hawks: May 1-10 (3,000-4,000/day)
Sharp-shinned Hawks: April 10-20 (up to 450/day)
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO) in Duluth, Minnesota is seeking one experienced Bird Migration Counter to document and showcase the amazing spring bird migration at the West Skyline Spring Count. This is a seasonal full-time position February 28 – May 31, 2022, The 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 identification and counting of birds in flight, standardized data recording, answering visitor questions at the count site, and sharing information about the spring count via verbal and written reports.
Requirements include a minimum of one season of previous hawkwatching experience with ability to identify raptors in flight at great distances, data entry experience, tolerance of working long hours outdoors (cold, wind), works well alone and with others (staff/volunteers/visitors). Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and personal vehicle for transportation. Hourly employment is approximately $2200-$2400 per month (averaging 40 hrs/week @ 5-6 days/week). Lodging provided, if needed/available. Preference will be given to individuals with additional skills in identification and counting of migrating passerines and other bird groups and/or 2 or more years of previous hawkwatching experience.
*Please note that circumstances are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To apply, please submit (email preferred) a cover letter, resume, three references who can verify your bird id skills/experience, confirmed availability between 2/28-5/31, and optional affirmative action form (online HERE) to BOTH: Janelle Long, Executive Director, email@example.com and Frank Nicoletti, Banding Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. OR by mail: HRBO, P.O. Box 3006, Duluth, MN 55803. Applications will be accepted until filled and preferred by no later than Monday, February 15, 2022. Please visit our website at www.hawkridge.org for general info or call (218) 428-6209 with questions.