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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.


Visit Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch Website

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Red-shouldered Hawk

Mackinaw Raptor Fest runs from April 6 to 8, 2018 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.

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