Thursday, September 10, 2009

Volunteer at Hawk Ridge

Posted by Kirk
Julie O'Connor, Volunteer Coordinator/Naturalist for Hawk Ridge has put out a call for volunteers to help out between September 1 and October 31. The first training is already over but there is one training date still left. Here's her message:

We ask that our volunteers commit to at least 24 hours of service between September 1 and October 31. This gives our volunteers the knowledge and comfort to be very effective with our visitors. The majority of our volunteers spend MUCH more than 24 hours at the overlook each fall--it becomes addicting! Our volunteer average is 45 hours, which averages out to be 5 hours per week during the 2 months of fall migration.

ANYONE can be a great volunteer! You'll assist in duties such as: greeting visitors, selling merchandise, pointing out birds to visitors, office work, running errands, construction projects and more.

You don’t need to be a raptor pro to be an effective volunteer! We’ve designed a training program that will give you the confidence and knowledge to be effective, friendly and confident when you come for your first ‘shift’. We offer two training sessions for new volunteers:

Session #2:
(attend both meetings)
Tuesday, Sept 15; 6:30pm-9:00pm (at NRRI in Duluth)
Wednesday, Sept 16; 6:30pm-7:30pm (at Hawk Ridge)

Both of these training sessions will be held at NRRI, the University of Minnesota's Natural Resources Research Institute on Hwy 53, north of the Miller Hill Mall.

Directions to NRRI: Hwy 53 north to Cirrus Drive (new stoplight at that intersection). Right onto Cirrus Drive; left onto Airport Road; Airport Road to NRRI entrance.

Feel free to call my cell phone (see number below) if you need better directions or if you can't find us at meeting time. We'll have a greeter at the door to get you into our conference room.

Looking forward to meeting you!--Julie

Julie O'Connor
Volunteer Coordinator/Naturalist
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory