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This profile was last updated on 7/21/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Count Interpreter

Hawk Ridge
P.O. Box 3006
Duluth, Minnesota 55803
United States

 
Background

Education

  • B.S. , Natural Resources and Biology
    Northland College
Web References
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
www.hawkridge.org, 21 July 2013 [cached]
Erik Bruhnke Count Interpreter
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Erik teacher-assisted field ornithology twice and ornithology once , then he was privileged to teach his own field ornithology course. He also received the 'Volunteer of the Year Award' from the Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office for conducting weekly migratory waterfowl surveys throughout his college career.
Erik has worked on various projects, including surveys in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Upper Michigan) and the Chequemagon/Nicolet, Superior, and Chippewa National Forests , surveying the shortgrass p rairies for breeding birds and monitoring the populations of Greater Prairie Chickens & Sharp-tailed Grouse in North Dakota.
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Erik spent this past summer working in the mountains of western Oregon conducting cavity nest surveys. This fall season is his third year as a count interpreter at Hawk Ridge, and he is fantastically thrilled to teach visitors all about raptors and migration!
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
www.hawkridge.org, 21 July 2013 [cached]
Erik Bruhnke Count Interpreter
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Erik Bruhnke grew up in Waukehsa, WI, and has been enthusiastic about nature and the environment ever since he was a young boy. In 2008 he graduated from Northland College in Ashland, WI with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Biology. Erik teacher-assisted field ornithology twice and ornithology once , then he was privileged to teach his own field ornithology course. He also received the 'Volunteer of the Year Award' from the Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office for conducting weekly migratory waterfowl surveys throughout his college career.
Erik has worked on various projects, including surveys in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Upper Michigan) and the Chequemagon/Nicolet, Superior, and Chippewa National Forests , surveying the shortgrass p rairies for breeding birds and monitoring the populations of Greater Prairie Chickens & Sharp-tailed Grouse in North Dakota. Erik spent this past summer working in the mountains of western Oregon conducting cavity nes t surveys. This fall season is his third year as a count interpreter at Hawk Ridge, and he is fantastically thrilled to teach visitors all about raptors and migration!
North-going eagle," shouts Erik ...
www.sj-r.com, 17 Sept 2010 [cached]
North-going eagle," shouts Erik Bruhnke, a staff member of the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth.
On a bluff high above Duluth and Lake Superior, a juvenile bald eagle cruises along the bluff line, just below the sight line of onlookers.
Every fall, volunteers with spotting scopes and birders with binoculars gather to watch the migrating raptors that pass between the bluffs and Lake Superior by the thousands.
"It is very weather-dependent," says Bruhnke, who also leads birding tours. "The best conditions are with west or northwesterly winds with sunny conditions. The winds keep the birds hugging the shoreline."
With the migrating birds of prey funneled along the shore of the vast lake, birdwatchers only have to pick a spot and wait.
"Raptors are not capable of flying long distances over water," Bruhnke says.
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And speaking of dangers, Bruhnke saw a lone European starling perching in a tree not far from where the sharp-shinned hawks were released.
Sharp-shinned hawks are members of a group of hawks known as Accipiters, forest hawks that eat other birds.
"It's kind of surprising to see a starling here," Bruhnke said.
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