Welcome to the Mackinaw Raptor Fest for 2019.  This fourth year, April 5 to 7, 2019, promises to offer you excellent programs again, as we will share five presenters with the prestigious Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group. 

     This coalition of state and federal biologists, research scientists, wildlife managers, and activists has timed their conference to immediately follow the April 5 to 7 Mackinaw Raptor Fest.  At least five of their presenters and leaders will arrive early to participate in our Fest. 

     Even better for you, they have graciously invited any Fest registrants to stay longer and attend part or all of their meeting from April 8 to 9 at no charge.  For those who can take the time, extending your stay in Mackinaw City would open new doors of understanding and appreciation for both Golden Eagles and the people who advocate on their behalf.

     I invite you to review the 2019 programs, schedule, and presenters and then attend the Mackinaw Raptor Fest and field trips.  Registration will be open in late January 2019.

     We need many Volunteers, Sponsors, Scholarship Supporters, and Silent Auction items.  Please contact msrwinfo@gmail.com to learn about each of these categories. 

Kathy Bricker,

Chair, Mackinaw Raptor Fest

Co-Founder and Secretary, Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW)

Mackinaw Raptor Fest runs from April 5 to 7, 2019 and...

* Provides an entertaining and educational showcase to promote public awareness and knowledge of raptors and waterbirds and the significance of Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac during migration.


* Promotes positive public attitudes towards raptors and waterbirds and their importance to the environment.


* Aims to become an internationally renowned annual festival that will generate ongoing ecotourism revenue for the Straits area, new sponsorship for research on raptors and waterbirds, and net proceeds to further that research.

     Mackinaw City, Michigan, located at the junction of two peninsulas and two Great Lakes, creates a unique confluence of migrating birds every spring and fall. The Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW), a non-profit organization, was founded in January 2014 primarily to research and educate people about raptors. It is building upon 20 years of owl research and three previous years of hawk counts in this region by independent biologists who largely volunteered their time.


     Of all bird types, raptors and waterbirds most excite people and fire the imagination with their wonder, majesty, special adaptations, and abilities. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service public survey found that more people travel to see them than any other type of birds.