Spring Community Day – May 3
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is happy to be a participant in the Duluth Community Day offerings, in partnership with Visit Duluth and the City of Duluth. You can check out other Community Day offerings at communityday.visitduluth.com.
Join Hawk Ridge staff to celebrate the amazing spring bird migration and International Migratory Bird Day! Free outdoor public education programs (songbird banding, migration interpretation & kid’s activities) will be taking place at the West Skyline Hawk Count run by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Schedule of activities, directions, and inclement weather locations are listed below. Hope to see you there!
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
10am-12pm: Bird Banding
Hawk Ridge staff band thousands of birds through the year. What can we learn from a bird in the hand that we can’t see from watching them in nature? Find out from staff and learn about the science involved in banding. We will take a closer look at some of the songbirds in the area to learn more about who they are, where are they coming from, and where are they going. This activity will be ongoing through the morning, so stop in for a bit and see what we’re catching. This activity is weather dependent, as rain and high winds may interfere with our ability to do this.
10am-2 pm: Activities for Kids
Watching birds is just as much fun for kids as it is for adults! We have lots of ways to learn more about them. We will have a variety of kid-friendly activities available – make a bird mask, or your own special binoculars, or take off on a scavenger hunt and see what you can find. Grab a Junior Birder Raptor guide and take off on a learning adventure about raptors. We will have staff and volunteers available to help with these activities through the day.
11-11:45 am: Eyes on the Skies- An Overview on Migration and Raptors
Did you know that Duluth is one of the premier spring migration places in North America? Spring and fall are both amazing times of year to view the bird migration! Join us for an exploration of who’s currently flying through, figure out who is related to who through artifact wings and talons, and find out how flight behaviors can help us identify the raptors as they fly by Duluth on their way to nesting territories.
1-1:45 pm: Quest for Birds
Let’s take a hike and see what we can find for bird activity in the area. We will certainly keep an eye out for birds migrating past, but what else is happening? Who’s already nesting, who’s just arriving, who’s been here for a while and has a good head start on nesting and raising young? There is a lot going on in the life of birds at this time of year. Join a Hawk Ridge Naturalist for this Quest and who knows what we will find!
In S, SW, SE, N, NW or W winds: Enger Tower.
Directions: From Hwy 35, take the Hwy 53 North exit (255A) in Duluth and continue on Hwy 53 North / Piedmont Ave to the stoplight where Piedmont Avenue splits off. Turn LEFT onto Piedmont Avenue, drive 1 block and turn LEFT onto 24th Ave West, then drive another block and turn LEFT onto West Skyline Parkway. Continue past the Enger Golf Course on West Skyline Parkway to a pullout overlook just below Enger Tower (marked with a sign, “Rice’s Point). You’ll come to West 5th Street if you go too far. If you don’t see anyone at the overlook with binoculars, try the Thompson Hill site.
In NE or E winds: Thompson Hill.
Directions: From Hwy 35, take the Boundary Avenue exit (249) and cross to the north side of the freeway. Turn RIGHT onto West Skyline Parkway as if going to the Thompson Hill Rest Stop. Drive past the first rest stop entrance to the overlook directly below the rest stop. (You’ll come to the second rest stop entrance if you go too far.)
INCLEMENT WEATHER LOCATIONS
The activities above are weather dependent. If there is rain, snow, or high winds, we will be located at either the Enger Park pavilion or Thompson Hill Rest Area pavilion next to visitor center. You can find out which location we will be at the day of by checking our Facebook page or home page of our website at www.hawkridge.org. Spring Migration location varies depending on direction of wind, as noted in directions above.