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For our final #TakeoverTuesday this season, we would like to highlight our Lead Naturalist (and unofficial dog greeter) Sara DePew, who has been curating these social media posts!Greetings everyone! My name is Sara and I have been a naturalist with Hawk Ridge since the spring of 2022. After a career in animal care where I worked with many different species, I needed a change of pace and came to Duluth to put my environmental education skills to work at Hawk Ridge.One of my favorite things about this position is mentoring the younger generations of future wildlife enthusiasts and educators. It is a highlight for me when a bird is brought up to the overlook from the banding station, and I get to witness the delight in a person’s eyes when they see that amazing creature up close. I feel proud of the staff I work with, watching their confidence grow as they improve their presentation skills and learn safe wildlife handling techniques. I am even more delighted at those moments where my colleagues become so excited about something, like the counters calling out a surprise migrating bird, that their joy is contagious and lights up the entire hawk watch! This has been my second fall and fourth season at Hawk Ridge. It has been such an experience the past two years for me to work with the staff, meet our visitors, develop meaningful new friendships, share our love of birds with you on social media, and witness the incredible migration along the shores of Lake Superior. I plan to return once more for the 2024 spring and fall migrations, where I will happily greet your dogs, talk to you about Trumpeter Swans, and offer suggestions for dinner. Until then, however, I will be happily snuggling my own animals at home in Michigan! Happy birding! ... See MoreSee Less
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What a beautiful, snowy day we’ve had at Hawk Ridge! ❄️ We think you’ll agree, this is a great view while hawk watching. Video by counter Jess Cosentino. ... See MoreSee Less
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“This was a classic big mid-November day on the Ridge with excellent diversity, great looks, and an overall fantastic count by the time the sun began to set on Duluth.”The latest Hawk Ridge count blog is up! begins the last week of the 2023 fall count at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Since August 15, Jess and Sean have counted over 42,000 raptors migrating over Hawk Ridge and tallied over 274,000 total birds this fall! Thank you to our trainees, staff, and volunteers for your help in spotting these magnificent creatures. The fall count goes through November, so while the crowds of birdwatchers have long gone, our faithful counters will still be up on the platform watching for the birds flying by. Photos of the Golden Eagle and the Bald Eagle with Golden Eagle by Jess Cosentino. ... See MoreSee Less
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