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Subject:Re: Duluth Spring Hawk Count locations
From:Debbie Waters <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Debbie Waters <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:30:33 -0500

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I should chime in here. 

Here is a synopsis of the spring raptor count in Duluth, including location,
timing and directions:

It is an all-volunteer count this year.  Thanks to everyone who is pitching

Debbie Waters
Education Director
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
P.O. Box 3006
Duluth, MN 55803-3006

Are you a member of Hawk Ridge?  Join us!

"I'm an early bird and I'm a night owl, so I'm wise and I have worms."
                                                               - Michael
Scott, The Office 

-----Original Message-----
From: Minnesota Birds [mailto:MOU-NET@LISTS.UMN.EDU] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 1:56 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Duluth Spring Hawk Count locations

There has been been some postings about the Spring Raptor count in Duluth
but there was never any mention of where these counts are taking place so
visitors who find themselves in Duluth can stop by and take part of the
spring raptor movement over Duluth. Any of the counters can correct me about
the locations but here are places that I know where the counters are at
counting raptors.  Each of these locations are dictated by the direction of
the wind or where the raptors are moving or the combination of both.

Thompson Hill:  Coming from the south:  Take I-35 north to Boundary Avenue
exit (Spirit Mt entrance) and take the bridge over I-35 on Boundary Avenue
and as soon you cross over the bridge take a right on W. Skyline Drive and
drive a very short distance and you will come to a wayside rest parking area
and that is where the counters can be found counting raptors. Normally
counters are counting raptors here on east, north or northeast wind days. 

Coming from the north: Take I-35 south to the Boundary Ave. Exit and then
take a right and take a right on W. Skyline Dr to parking area mention

Enger Tower/ W. Skyline parking area:  Coming from the south: Take I-35
north to Hwy 53/ 21st Ave West exit off I-35 and proceed north on Hwy 53 up
the hill.  At the first stop lights take a left on Piedmont Avenue and go
1/2 block east and then take a left on 24th Ave West and head down the hill
a very short distance and then take left onto W. Skyline. You will be on a
bridge that crosses over Hwy 53 and continue on W. Skyline. Pass the golf
course buildings on your left and parking lot on your right and continue on
a short distance on W. Skyline and you will see a beautiful view of Duluth
from W. Skyline and there are two parking areas and the counters can be at
either parking lot depending on where the raptors are migrating and these
wayside parking areas are only a few hundred yards away from each other.
Normally the counters are on wayside parking area just below Enger Tower.
The counters are normally here on days when the winds are from the south,
west or southwest wind days

Coming from the north: Take I-35 to Hwy 53/21st Ave W exit and follow the
same direction given above.

I thought this might help those who are interested in making the journey to
watch raptors over Duluth in the spring.  Some people I met always felt the
spring count was at Hawk Ridge but that is not the case during the spring
months as very little raptors migrate over Hawk Ridge in the spring months
and main bulk of raptor movement is over west side of Duluth and that is why
these two count areas are located on the west side of Duluth.  Also W
Skyline is closed off west of Spirit Mt to the Midway Rd / Becks Rd till May
1st so for those who were thinking abut viewing hawks at the wayside rest
area near Magney Snively Park which offers a beautiful view of the St. Louis


Mike Hendrickson
Duluth, Minnesota


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