Summer is almost gone and the fall bird migration is starting. We will be conducting our usual fall surveys for Waterbirds, diurnal Raptors and Owls.
The Waterbird count starts August 20 at McGulpin Point, outside Mackinaw City continuing till Nov. 10. This count is done for 8 hours starting at sunrise everyday, except with heavy rain (thunderstorms), fog, or snow.
The Hawk Count starts on August 25 at Point LaBarbe outside Saint Ignace and continues till Nov. 14. The count will be conducted everyday with good weather conditions, generally from 9 am till 4 pm.
The Owl surveys start Sept. 20 continuing through Nov. 10 also at Point LaBarbe. Owl work will be done every night with good weather. Because of the type of work involved, attendance at the Owl survey station requires prior permission, contact Ed Pike, firstname.lastname@example.org about attending.
For the Waterbird Count and Hawk Watch you are welcome any day counts are taking place. Bring a chair and your binoculars (some loaners are available), and learn about the migrations.
Hope to see everyone at the counts.