Our Mission

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch conducts scientific studies of hawks and owls migrating through this region of northern Michigan and educates the public about the birds and their migration. We count northward-bound hawks in the spring and southward-bound hawks in the fall, and survey owls both spring and fall, recording and reporting the data for free professional and public access.


  • To promote and conduct scientific research on the numbers and timing of migration of birds of prey and associated migrants in the Straits of Mackinac region of Michigan.
  • Educate the public about birds of prey and the importance of the Straits of Mackinac as a migratory pathway.
  • To aid conserving and protecting the resting and feeding stop-over habitat for birds of prey in the Straits of Mackinac region.
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