Fall Color & Raptor Migration from Hawk Ridge, Duluth, Mn
Hawk Ridge Nature Preserve & Naturalist Programs
Located near the Northeast end of Duluth's skyline parkway, Hawk Ridge is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and hikers August through November. Raptor migration begins in August and accelerates when the weather begins to cool in September. The "Friends of Hawk Ridge" sponsor Hawk Weekend and daily naturalist programs in September and October.
Dates for the 2018 Hawk Weekend Festival are Sept 21 - 23, 2018
Spring Raptor Migration Workshop - April 14 - 15, 2018
< < < The main overlook is located along skyline parkway and requires no climbing or hiking.
A Hawk's Ridge Volunteer calls out a raptor sighting
Pictures below. Using high powered spotting scopes and a trained eye, a team of trained volunteers maintains the official raptor migratory bird count from an observation deck.
Hawk Weekend Demonstrations
Volunteers with the Friends of Hawk Ridge sponsor workshops, field trips, and demonstrations on raptors and raptor migration.
Overhead is a just released and banded Broad-Winged Hawk.>>>
Kids in the audience are given an opportunity to hold a small raptor before release.
The Friends of Hawk Ridge booth offers merchandise and informative literature of interest to bird watchers.
< < < The most birds are seen in September. October offers the most diversity and November features more Eagles and other Big Raptors. The picture to the left has a table showing the typical migration times of different raptors.
Hiking Trails on Hawk's Ridge
Looking North and South from Hawk's Ridge Summit Ledges.
The normal entrance to Hawk's Ridge is via Skyline Drive. While many vehicles return along the same route, a nice alternative is to continue driving east connecting with Seven Bridges Road to return to Duluth proper that way. Go here for a map of this route and photos of four of the historic seven bridges. And you can see more photographs of this drive and its scenic bridges an an interesting website on the history of the Seven Bridges Parkway created by Mark Ryan.
Duluth Travel-Visitor Directory
- Directory to Duluth Travel Pages & Events Calendar
- The Duluth Lakewalk
- Grandma's Marathon
- Scenic Railroad & Museum
- Hawk Ridge Nature Area
- Duluth Rose Gardens
- Canal Park Dining & Shopping
- Enger Park & Tower
- Skyline Drive Parkway
- Duluth Tall Ships
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