2019 Mackinaw

Raptor Fest


Welcome to the fourth Mackinaw Raptor Fest, held from April 5 to 7, 2019.  It offers excellent programs again, including some by five experts with the Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group. 

This coalition of state and federal biologists, research scientists, wildlife managers, and activists will meet in Mackinaw City from April 8 to 10.  They invite Fest registrants to attend their conference at no extra charge.  Extending your stay in Mackinaw City would open new doors of understanding and appreciation for Golden Eagles and the people who advocate for them.

Enjoy reviewing the 2019 programs, schedule, and presenters.  I hope to see you in April.  Fest registration opens in late January, 2019, and closes March 22, or as soon as 160 people register.

Volunteers, Sponsors, Scholarship Supporters, and Silent Auction item donors are still welcome.  Please contact msrwinfo@gmail.com to learn about each of these categories. 

Kathy Bricker, Mackinaw Raptor Fest Chair

The Mackinaw Raptor Fest Committee

strives toward the following goals

     *Provide an entertaining and educational showcase to promote public awareness of the significance of Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac to bird migration. 

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

     *Bring regional, national, and international attention to the Straits of Mackinac.

     * Identify and encourage visitors, volunteers including Board members, financial supporters for MSRW, and advocates for raptor conservation.

     *Generate ecotourism revenue for the Straits area and net proceeds for MSRW..

     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.