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Fall Waterbird Count: Week 4

A consistent string of favorable winds have offered productive waterbird counts this week. On 09/22/2023, a true Northwest wind produced a particularly exciting flight. Season

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Fall Raptor Count: Week 4

Sunday, 9/17/2023 wrapped up Week 4 of the fall hawk count.  Raptor sightings jumped from 861 the previous week to a whopping 2155! If you

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Fall Owl Banding: Week 1

Welcome to the Mackinac Straits Raptor watch 2023 fall owl banding season blog! We wanted to kick things off by introducing this year’s crew! Hi

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Fall Raptor Count: Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2023 fall raptor migration! Weather has continued to be variable, leading to several slow days, but this week brought

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Fall Waterbird Count: Week 2

Flocks of migrant ducks are slowly returning to the Straits area. Early season flights continue to be dominated by Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, and Canada

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Fall Waterbird Count: Week 1

Fall migration is well underway in the Straits! The season is lengthy, and waterbirds will gradually come in waves over the next three months. Fall

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Spring Waterbird Count: Week 8

Although waterbird diversity had declined, the final days of the count were considerably productive. Staging Long-tailed Ducks still number in the thousands through mid-May. Red-breasted

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Raptor Banding: Weeks 7+8

Well, folks, that’s a wrap! The 2023 diurnal raptor banding season came to a close yesterday, May 28th. The weather this spring made for an

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