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Hawk Ridge Festival takes flight to celebrate peak season

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DULUTH, MN-- The Hawk Weekend Festival kicks off showcasing one of North America’s best places to experience the fall bird migration.

From Sept. 17-19, several educational programs and trips are offered during peak migration season.

Bird watchers are holding their binoculars to the sky this weekend watching for a few of the thousands of hawks passing through Hawk Ridge every year from mid-September through the end of October.

Executive director, Janelle Long, of Hawk Ridge Observatory, said the festival celebrates a unique aspect of Duluth.

"We're just gathering people during that time of year where we're seeing an amazing number of birds and an amazing number of species, and so it's just a great time to celebrate this wonderful natural phenomenon we have going on here right in Duluth," Long said.

Long said the most common hawk to see in mid-September is broadwing hawks.

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