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Hawk Weekend Festival
-a celebration of birds-

September 20, 21 and 22, 2013

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The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth, Minnesota is one of North America's best places to experience the spectacle of the fall raptor migration. Migrating birds, including raptors and passerines, concentrate in impressive numbers at the western tip of Lake Superior. Some travel from as far away as the Arctic and pass through Duluth on their way to their wintering areas to the south. Migrants funnel down the North Shore along the ridges that overlook the city. On a good day, visitors may see hundreds—even thousands—of birds flying by!

Come and celebrate the migration at our annual Hawk Weekend Festival!

Friday evening includes a social, live birds, optional dinner buffet, cash bar, coffee/desserts, auction preview, contest for prize, annual member meeting, awards and presentation by Dr. Keith Bildstein who is well known for his raptor research and as the Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA. He currently is Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Biology at the State University of New York-Syracuse and has been President of the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Waterbird Society, and Vice-president of the Raptor Research Foundation. Dr. Bildstein will present The long and short of raptor migration: recent studies of Turkey Vultures and Striated Caracaras”.

Both Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of field trips and workshops at and away from the Ridge. Hawkwatching, interpretive programs, live bird demonstrations, merchandise, and refreshments will be offered at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve main overlook. 

Saturday evening will serve as a fundraising benefit for Hawk Ridge. the event will include a social, live birds, cash bar, fabulous plated dinner, exciting fundraiser with wonderful packages, and a presentation “Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls” by Norman Smith, our guest speaker. Norman is the Director of Massachusetts Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum and Norman Smith Environmental Education Center. Norman has studied birds of prey for over 35 years, including research on snowy owls and rehabilitation and successfully fostering over 1,000 orphaned hawk and owl chicks into adoptive nests.
All activities at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve are open to the public; everything else requires registration. Please note space for evening events, speakers, workshops, and field trips is limited, so be sure to register early! Register now or contact us at 218.428.6209 or