Famous bird observatories & migration spectacles in eastern North America

Nov. 16 | 7 p.m.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (Minnesota) and Cape May Bird Observatory (New Jersey) are famous for phenomenal displays of fall migration. They’re especially well-known for incredible concentrations of migratory raptors, as hawk-watchers have documented population trends at each site for more than 50 years.

These bird observatories, along with others like Long Point Bird Observatory (Ontario, Canada), are working to monitor migration trends through visible migration counts and other research programs.  Together, observatories across the world keep track of populations and provide a window into the world of bird migration for thousands of visitors each year.

At our monthly program meeting on Wednesday, November 16, Julian Grudens will share stories and photos from his experiences with long-term migration counts and research stations.  Julian reports that, on a good day, “one can count tens or hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, whether Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawks at Hawk Ridge, swallows and waterfowl on the marshes of Long Point, or Northern Gannets and Red-throated Loons on the shores of Cape May.”

Julian’s program will begin at 7 p.m. and will be offered both via Zoom and in-person, at Ball State’s Nature Lab, located at 2500 W. University Ave. in Muncie. Parking is available on the south side of the building and is free after 5 p.m. The building is wheelchair-accessible.

To attend via Zoom, register in advance, below. After registering, you’ll receive confirmation and details about joining the meeting.

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