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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

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Address: Skyline Parkway, Main Overlook, Duluth, MN 55803-3006
Phone Number: 218 428 6209
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Dramatic views, birds and wildflowers all the time, though the hawk migration peaks in September and all of Duluth shows up to watch. Good marked trails and the road itself (part... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2016
Judy B
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Duluth, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped here primarily for the view which is phenomenal! There is a nice look out and a good parking area. Well worth a stop just for the views.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Dramatic views, birds and wildflowers all the time, though the hawk migration peaks in September and all of Duluth shows up to watch. Good marked trails and the road itself (part of Skyline Parkway) make for nice walking. No building, but portable restrooms available seasonally.

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Oswego, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Beautiful place for watching hawks and eagles. My sister once worked with Eagle Valley Bird Sanctuary so I was well informed but people there to help you with questions

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Thank Chris S
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

You can see birds and walk on beautiful trails. Would recommend all seasons. What more could you ask for? Great Duluth views.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

The view is outstanding at almost any time but during the hawk migration the experience is unforgettable. I was there during one of their peak migration days with over 50,000 hawks, eagles and other birds moving through and it was stunning. I got to release an immature red tail hawk that had been captured and banded and to hold a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in at Hawk Ridge on our way through Duluth at the height of the fall colors. The short detour to Hawk Ridge is worth the view alone, but there is so much more to see during the fall bird migration season. We were able to borrow high quality binoculars to watch the circling raptors. A staff member talked... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I have taken my family up to watch the naturalists band the birds, and got close-up looks at the process of identification, health check, and other data collection for the bird counts during migration. I took a van load of my clients from elder assisted living to visit, and they enjoyed the experience very much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A must stop spot on a fall leaf seeing trip. The colors were absolutely magnificent and the view was even better.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

What a great trip this was. We drove from Minneapolis up to Duluth and the scenery was great. Just the right time of the year when the leaves were turning. We didn't know what to expect, but my wife has wanted for a few years to see the hawks. The view from the observatory was probably the best view you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The volunteer staff is organized and very knowledgeable. They were very kink to us newbies. They were very good at giving references as where to look for the hawks. They also could names the different kinds. We had forgotten our binoculars, but they had free binoculars for our use, which were as good or better quality as those we have... More 

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