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This profile was last updated on 7/15/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Phone: (419) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Ohio , United States
The Biggest Week
1169 N Buck Road
Lakeside Marblehead , Ohio 43440
United States

Company Description: Join us for 10 fabulous days of birding in Northwest Ohio, the Warbler Capital of the World!
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Natural Resources degree
    Northland College
  • B.S. , Natural Resources and Biology
    Northland College
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ERIK ...
www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com, 15 July 2015 [cached]
ERIK BRUHNKE Biggest Week Speaker and Field Trip Leader Erik has had a love for birds since he was a child. Graduating from Northland College with a Natural Resources degree back in 2008, Erik has experienced a broad spectrum of birds and ecosystems. His avian field experiences have taken him throughout many of the northern states; including conducting bird surveys throughout the expanses of the prairie potholes in North Dakota & South Dakota, cavity-nesting surveys in the mountains & coastal regions of western Oregon, and bushwhacking throughout northern Minnesota & northern Wisconsin with breeding bird surveys. For the past five fall seasons Erik has been the count interpreter (hawk pointer-outer guy) at Hawk Ridge in Duluth. He has taught field ornithology several times at Northland College. Erik is a board member of the Duluth Audubon Society, and offers weekly hikes for the public as well as monthly talks and bird identification workshops through the Duluth Audubon Society and the local nature center in Duluth.
Erik's passion to educate others about birds has led him to create his own business, Naturally Avian. His biggest aspiration with Naturally Avian is to inspire conservation and environmental awareness through his birding tours, wildlife photography and public presentations. As of 2013, Erik has guided birders from 26 states and four European countries. Erik finds his home in Duluth, MN, where he has shown birders up to 17 species of breeding warblers in single late-spring days, and bog-dwelling Great Gray Owls, Gray Jays and Boreal Chickadees year-round. Although he loves all birds, he is a devoted gull and raptor nerd. His guiding website can be found at www.naturallyavian.com. Erik is thrilled to be returning back for his third year at the Biggest Week!
Trip Leaders from 2014 | Birding – Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
www.rgvbf.org, 23 May 2015 [cached]
Erik Bruhnke graduated from Northland College in Wisconsin with a Natural Resources degree. In six years his avian field experiences have taken him throughout California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota, Maine and Texas. During the fall seasons, Erik has worked as an interpreter at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. In 2008 Erik created Naturally Avian Birding Tours with the goal of promoting conservation through birding, wildlife photography, and his bird identification workshops. His wildlife photography has won national awards, and his writings have been featured throughout various birding magazines. He recently jumped aboard Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, while continuing to expand Naturally Avian. Although he loves all birds, Erik is a devoted raptor and gull nerd. He recently moved to Texas and is hooked on birding in the Rio Grande Valley, the Gulf Coast, and the Hill Country. He loves to cook and bake in his free time.
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
www.hawkridge.org, 14 April 2014 [cached]
Erik Bruhnke Count Interpreter
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Erik Bruhnke has had a love for birds since he was a child. Graduating from Northland College with a Natural Resources degree back in 2008, Erik has traveled the country doing a wide variety of bird surveys. His field experiences (all bird surveys) have taken him throughout many of the northern states; including North Dakota, South Dakota, the mountains & coastal regions of Oregon, and bushwhacking throughout northern Minnesota & northern Wisconsin.
Erik has taught people about raptor identification and migration throughout the past five fall seasons at Hawk Ridge as the count interpreter, and assists the raptor count during the spring migration. He is returning for his sixth fall season at Hawk Ridge. Erik has taught field ornithology multiple times at Northland College. He is a board member of the Duluth Audubon Society, and has led field trips & spoken at many nationally-recognized birding festivals. His bird photography has won wildlife photo competitions both locally and nationally. Erik's passion to educate others about birds has led him to create his own business of leading birding trips, called Naturally Avian. His biggest aspiration with Naturally Avian is to inspire conservation and environmental awareness through his birding tours, wildlife photography and public presentations. He is a Board Member of the Duluth Audubon Society, where he coordinates weekly birding trips offered to the public and helps spread the word about birds.
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.
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
www.hawkridge.org, 14 April 2014 [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!
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