The Hawks are Back

By KBJR News 1

September 14, 2010 Updated May 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM CDT

The hawks are flying again.
It's a great time to grab the binoculars and head to the highest vantage points in Duluth for the annual raptor migration.

In this week's "Nature Matters" David Hoole spends some time on Hawk Ridge and offers a welcome to those who have not experienced the perch atop Skyline Parkway in Duluth.

"If you're in the field you get to do this kind of stuff, but here this is accessible to the public."

Jen Rothe is hooked on birding. She has been adding to her skills over the past two years by listening to the staff of birding professionals.

"I can look at that thing and know right away that it's a turkey vulture because it's swaying. In a short amount of time it's amazing how much you can learn."

"Its top notch, one of the best in the east."

Cameron Rutt is a working professional from Pennsylvania. He's one of the Bird counters who adds to scientific data and doesn't mind sharing his perch on the migration.

"Definitely, this is a great opportunity to see raptors; it's a wonderful way to see a very neat aspect of the avian fauna."

Interested people often gather around staff naturalists when they offer "bird talks" after the raptors have been banded. For a donation, spectators can get a really close look.

"Up here we have a program called adopt a raptor, for a Cooper's hawk it would be a $30 donation, for this $30 donation you can hold this hawk, get your picture taken with it and release it back into the wild."

Most say it is worth the money.

"Every time you hold one it is such an amazing experience, seeing them fly but is one thing but having them right here seeing their eyes and just imagining what those things have seen is just amazing, you can't describe it really." (Releases bird)

In Duluth, I'm David Hoole for nature matters.

The fall migration is really heating up!
More than 5 thousand raptors were counted Monday alone. This coming weekend at "Hawk Weekend" there will be field trips, activities, presentations, and social events throughout the community.

To learn more about the raptor migration and Hawk Weekend visit:

http://www.hawkridge.org/

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