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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

The mission of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is to protect birds of prey and other migratory birds in the Western Lake Superior Region through research, education, and stewardship.

The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, located in Duluth, Minnesota, provides some of North America's best autumn hawk watching. 

Fall is our busiest season. Naturalist staff & volunteers are on site daily from September 1 – October 31,
9 am-4 pm.

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What makes a good migration day at Hawk Ridge?
Birds and the weather are both unpredictable, but here are a few tips for predicting the flight:
Northwest or west winds are best, and the more in a row, the better. North and southwest winds are okay. South, southeast, and east winds are not good. The day before or a couple of days after a strong front usually produces more birds. The flight essentially shuts down in the rain, and if they move in fog, we can't see them!


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