Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve


From mid-August through November, an average 94,000 raptors migrate across the city limits of Duluth at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, a major observation site. The raptors migrate from as far north as the Arctic along the shoreline of Lake Superior. On September 14, 2003, due to a combination of weather fronts and the far-reaching effects of Hurricane Isabel, 102,463 raptors flew over Duluth, 101,698 of which were broad-winged hawks. Other species commonly spotted include the turkey vulture, osprey, bald eagle, northern harrier, and a variety of other hawks, such as the sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper's hawk, and northern goshawk. Songbirds also use this corridor for migration. Midday is the best time to see migrating birds and raptors. Staff advises to dress in layers, wear a hat and sunscreen, and to bring binoculars. Note: West and northwest winds usually bring great numbers of birds. For more information on Hawk Ridge, visit www.hawkridge.org.


3980 E Skyline Pkwy
Duluth, MN 55803


46.84673200, -92.03191100
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(218) 428-6209

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