Join us for Birds & Beer!

Socialize with other nature enthusiasts over snacks and beverages, and enjoy an engaging presentation from a local expert in a happy-hour atmosphere. Each Birds and Beer program features a different presenter at a different location, so you’re sure to learn something new each time!

Each ticket includes a free drink, complimentary snacks, and an informative presentation. All proceeds help fund programs at Hunt Hill. To register for a Birds and Beer program, click the “Register Here” button below or call 715-635-6543.


Winter/Spring: February – April


Birds of Kenya

with Steve Betchkal

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Getaway Bar N Grill, Sarona

Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 30 people

REGISTRATION IS FULL (as of 1/27/2022)

Steve Betchkal will share his recent experiences and photographs from his recent birding trip to Kenya.


What’s Up with Ruffed Grouse?

with Jared Elm

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Bloomer Brewing Co., Bloomer

Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 30 people

REGISTRATION IS FULL (as of 2/21/2022)

Jared Elm, a forest wildlife specialist from the Ruffed Grouse Society will share an overview of ruffed grouse habitat ecology and why young Wisconsin forests, prime grouse habitat, is disappearing.


Forest Raptors of Wisconsin

with Ryan Magana

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Paul’s Pizza Den, Birchwood
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 30 people

REGISTRATION IS FULL (as of 2/28/2022)

Ryan Magana will share about the diversity of forest raptors, from the diminutive sharp shinned hawk, the bold and assertive goshawk, to the majestic and familiar bald eagle. Learn identification, habitat preference and life history of these top avian predators.


Summer: May – August


Basic Bird Identification

with Jeanette Kelly

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

UPDATED Location: Mary’s Bluegill Bar, Birchwood
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 50 people

It is that time of year, the birds are returning.  Who is that flitting around your yard?  Jeanette Kelly from Beaver Creek’s Citizen Science Center will teach you the basic steps to lead you down the path to bird identification.


Bird Migration

with Jim Bryce

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Perlick Distillery, Sarona
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
REGISTRATION IS FULL (as of 5/8/2022)
Limit: 50 people
If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please call 715-635-6543.

Learn from Jim Bryce about bird migration and how bird banding has allowed us to track bird migration. There will be a demonstration of the entire bird-banding process, from catching birds with mist nets to banding the caught birds.


 



 

Hawk Ridge

with Margie Menzies

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Buck ‘n Beams, Cameron
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 30 people

REGISTRATION IS FULL (as of 7/1/2022)

Margie Menzies, Hawk Ridge’s Education Director, will share the magic of what they do at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth and will give you tips on how to enjoy the fall migration as it passes by Lake Superior.


 

 

 



 

Birds & Birding

with Chris Cold

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: The Bar, Rice Lake
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 50 people

REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!

Chris Cold will share the origin, history, biology, distribution, classification and special adaptations of birds.  He will provide basic instruction on bird identification, use of optics and field guides, observation methods and protocol. There will also be a live raptor (or two) at the program!

Contact Hunt Hill to reserve your spots – 715-635-6543. 

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Fall/Winter: September – December

Register Here for Fall/Winter Birds & Beer Programs




 

The Smallest Falcon: Live Raptor Program

with Cable Natural History Museum

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Mary’s Bluegill Bar, Birchwood
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 60 people

The American Kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon, but as we all know, big things come in small packages. Learn more about this tiny predator with a naturalist from the Cable Natural History Museum. We’ll meet a live raptor and discover how we can contribute to falcon conservation.


 

 

 



 

With New Eyes: Seeking a Sense of Place Through Creativity and Photography

with Jeff Rennicke

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Max’s Family Kitchen & Bar, Rice Lake
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 40 people

Jeff Rennicke, renowned world travel writer and photographer, will share the joys and frustrations of seeking new ways of seeing the landscape you live in. Filled with philosophy, inspiration, and real hands-on techniques, this presentation will open your eyes again to your own backyard, wherever you live, and have you seeing the world “with new eyes”.


 

 

 



 

What I Learned From 1600 Birds

with Steve Betchkal

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Turtleback Golf Course, Rice Lake
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 60 people

Birds add to the quality of our lives in so many ways… They eat insect pests. They add color and music to our daily existence. They fascinate us with their behaviors and adaptations. But what they teach is much more complex, and surprisingly subtle. Join ornithologist and author Steve Betchkal as he enumerates the wonder of wild birds in personal stories and images.


 

 

 



 

Winged Freedom Raptor Hospital

with Kim Ammann

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Time: Registration at 5:30pm; Program at 6:00pm

Location: Round Man Brewing Company, Spooner
Program Fee: $15/person
Registration: Required
Limit: 100 people

Learn from veterinarian and rehabilitator Kim Ammann about her experiences with establishing Winged Freedom Raptor Hospital for rehabilitating raptors.