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Carpenter Nature Center notes: August means crisp apples and migrating birds

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August in the river valley means crisp apples, migrating birds, less extreme heat and one of the best seasons to get out and enjoy nature. A 'river of birds' is now working its way down the Mississippi flyway and it is not unusual to watch hundreds of hawks flow over in a day. A record hawk count was at Duluth's Hawk Ridge in 2003 when over 100,000 Broad-winged Hawks migrated over in one single day. Where can you go around Hastings to watch raptor migration?

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