Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Dedicated to the research and conservation of raptors in the Straits of Mackinac

Explore the science of migration

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch conducts scientific studies of hawks, owls and waterbirds migrating through this region of Northern Michigan, and informs the public about the birds and their migration.

We count and log north bound hawks and waterbirds in the spring, and south bound hawks and waterbirds in the fall, and survey and band owls both in the spring and fall. 

We record and report data on these migrating birds, and share them with professionals and the public.

Our Goals

Promote and conduct scientific research on the numbers and timing of migration of birds of prey and associated migrants in the Straits of Mackinac region of Michigan.

Inform and inspire people about birds of prey, and about the importance of the Straits of Mackinac as a migratory pathway.

Aid in conserving and protecting the resting and feeding stop-over habitat for birds of prey in the Straits of Mackinac region.