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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Skyline Parkway, Main Overlook, Duluth, MN 55803-3006
218 428 6209
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Ranked #15 of 47 attractions in Duluth
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Duluth, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a good place to learn and watch migrating birds. They showed us a hawk being held by a handler. I 'adopted' an owl. You get a picture of the animal and information about it. This is more of a 'donation,' but I like it. Beautiful location.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

excellent birding venue and folks travel here from around the world.... ...bring binoculars....onsite bird counters helpful...excellent venue

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Buffalo, Minnesota, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is on the skyline drive. One fall we were fortunate for them to be having a group their with a nature program.

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121 reviews 121 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a great place to watch raptors and other birds as they make their migration south. At times there are interpretive guides. The view is worth the drive up there any time of year.

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Hammondsport, NY
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Local friends took me here for a visit while in Duluth. It was a chilly day, but so glad we stopped. Several eagles were soaring around and we were lucky enough to be there as they were releasing a goshawk. I got some great photos, and learned a lot about the bird, as they told you much before the release.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We visited on a beautiful October day. They say on their website that you'll tend to see the most birds between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and that lined up with our experience. Things you should know if you're considering a trip: 1. If you just want to go to the overlook to look at the migrating birds, that's free.... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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111 reviews 111 reviews
16 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Wish the weather had been better. The day before I went it was the perfect day with winds coming from the west. A lot of birds were spotted. The day I went it was foggy and the winds were from the east. I managed to see a hawk but the fog was to thick to identify it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We came to Hawk Ridge at the perfect time. There were bird banding demonstrations were abel to see several hawks released back into their actual habitat. There were many experts there available to answer questions. September is the best time to visit the Observatory.

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Lake Forest, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We came from California to experience Hawk Ridge and the timing was right. On the day we arrived, over 7,200 Broadwing Hawks were counted. A few flew close by, most were out over the lake. Bald Eagles were much closer, over land and the tree tops. A quick relaxing 2 hours were spent here. White Throated Sparrows were a new... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Enjoyed stopping and visited with bird counters and beatiful overlook of L. Superior. Well worth the effort to go there

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