The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is hosting an open house regarding the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve Education Facilities Master Plan and the public is invited to attend and share their thoughts.

This is a great opportunity for Northland residents to have their voice heard regarding the future of an area that plays an important role for the community and beyond.

According to Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve Education Facilities Master Plan:

The mission of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is to protect birds of prey and other migratory birds in the Western Lake Superior Region through research, education, and stewardship. The primary goals of HRBO 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.

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Anyone who wants to explore the master plan can attend the open house, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m.. It will be held in the upper portion of the Portman Community Center, located at 601 McCulloch Street.

Attendees should keep in mind that current City policy does require facemasks be worn in City facilities, so all those in attendance will need to abide by the policy.

The open house is co-hosted by the City of Duluth and the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

The Observatory manages the 365-acre natural area of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve under a trust agreement with the City of Duluth. The organization was incorporated in 2004 as a successor to a committee of Duluth Audubon Society.

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