Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is a non-profit organization located in Duluth, MN. The primary goals of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory are to study one of the greatest migrations of birds of prey in North America; to research the distribution, abundance and migratory pathways of birds in the Western Great Lakes; to educate people about bird conservation; and to serve as stewards of the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, the first designated Important Bird Area within Minnesota.
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is a 365-acre natural area set aside for bird observation and research. It is perched on a rocky ridge above the eastern part of the city of Duluth and provides some of North America's best autumn hawk watching. A seasonal average of over 94,000 raptors migrate past Hawk Ridge from mid-August through November. During the fall season, naturalists provide daily education programs for the public at the nature reserve. Hawk Ridge also conducts research activities, coordinates citizen science projects, and offers outreach education programs to promote bird conservation.