For many in Minnesota, the signs of fall include the leaves changing color, pumpkins, and football. But for bird watchers, the primary marker of the season is the fall migration. And there’s no more dramatic way to observe the migration than at Duluth’s Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory where birders gather to watch hundreds – sometimes thousands – of raptors make their way south for the winter.
KFAI’s Matthew Schneeman attended the Hawk Weekend Festival at the height of migration to witness the event. Image of bald eagle by Sean McLaughlin, courtesy of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.