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Mackinaw Straits Raptor Watch Program

Learn about the Spring Hawk Watch that is conducted in the Mackinaw City area from March thru May.
  • When Mar 18, 2015 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM (US/Eastern / UTC-400)
  • Where Community Room
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Phone 231-436-5451
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The Mackinaw City area has long been recognized as a good place to view birds of prey circling overhead in the spring skies. An organized effort to tally this migration spectacle began in 2012 and has continued through this year. 

Steve Baker of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch will share many interesting facts about raptor migration with slides and handouts. Learn why the Straits are a migration bottleneck, what a kettle is, how to tell a Red-tailed Hawk from a Rough-legged Hawk, and how to follow the daily tallies online. Learn the best time to see Golden Eagles and how to tell a Golden from a Bald Eagle.

This location is the top site in North America for Red-tailed Hawks with 9702 recorded in the spring of 2014. Eighteen different raptor species have been observed and over 43000 raptors were counted in 2014.  On a sunny day there can be hundreds, even thousands, of hawks circling overhead, an amazing sight.

Please RSVP and join us at the library at 528 W. Central Avenue in Mackinaw City for the 7 pm program on Wednesday, March 18.  For more details, contact the library at 231-436-5451, or see . 

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