Outdoors blog: Raptor enthusiasts will flock to Duluth
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Hawk watchers will migrate to Duluth
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Dululth will host the 2010 conference of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) April 15-18 at the Radisson Hotel. The conference will include guided field trips around Duluth and the Sax-Zim Bog, daily paper sessions (raptor researchers presenting their latest work), afternoon workshops, seminars, a silent auction and evening banquets.
Keynote speakers will be Dr. Scott Lanyon on April 16 discussing where raptors and other birds fit into the "Tree of Life,"and L. David Mech April 17 sharing stories of his 50-plus years of wolf research.
In addition to all this, Hawk Ridge's Spring Hawk Count is posting some impressive numbers of raptors migrating through Duluth on their journey north to their summer breeding grounds.
Before April 1, members of HMANA or Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, students and single-day attendees may register for the entire conference and book rooms at the Radisson Hotel at a discounted rate.
The public is welcome to attend our evening banquets; contact the conference coordinator before April 7 to reserve tickets.
Full conference details, schedules, speaker bios and talk descriptions, registration and lodging information are available at our conference website: www.hawkridge.org.