The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is now known as one of the major sites for observation of raptor migration. Thousands of visitors have come in the fall from 50 states and over 40 foreign countries!
Before 1950, local gunners used migrating raptors in the Duluth area for target practice. Then the Duluth Bird Club, now the Duluth Audubon Society, publicized the illegal shooting and had the prohibition against shooting within the city limits enforced.
The first Hawk Watch was organized in 1951 and, as people became aware of the magnitude of the raptor migration, observations increased from a few days in mid-September to daily counts from August through November. The first systematic count from the main overlook of the Ridge took place in 1972 — the same year a Banding Research Station was opened. Now you can take part in naturalist programs when you visit Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. Friends of Hawk Ridge, established in 1979, continues to support the programs and research conducted on the Ridge.
Eagle Optics is proud to be the Official Optics Sponsor of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve.