Students from Duluth Area Learning Center visited Hawk Ridge for the bird banding program and to experience the raptor migration. They learned how to use binoculars, how to identify birds in flight and were able to help with the release of a Red-tailed hawk as well as several Sharp-shinned hawks. They learned about the science involved in banding, types of data collected, how to catch birds and what researchers learn from banding birds.
The students are part of ALC’s Wilderness Elite Program. ALC teachers Mike Descombaz, Todd Mickolajak, and Phil Thouin, along with Integration Specialist, Jamie Bennett accompanied the group.
Many thanks to those supporting this outstanding learning opportunity: Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and Esperanza Fund, the Office of Education Equity, Duluth Public Schools and Duluth Area Learning Center staff, who always jump at the chance to offer our students impactful, high-quality educational experiences.