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 hawks and survey owls in both the spring and fall, recording and reporting the data for free professional and public access. Because of the national significance of this data, and the region’s visitation by an incredible number of tourists, it is also an ideal place to educate the general public about this natural resource.

What Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch has illustrated beyond doubt with our data is that the Straits of Mackinac create a vital corridor for these birds. That’s why we have committed to long-term annual monitoring here.

That’s also why we appreciate the hundreds of people and many organizations (see below) that donate to support this research and the related public outreach.



Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW) is recognized as a charitable foundation under paragraph 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 

EIN #83-1936124

Budget and other background materials available upon request.

How to support:

To make a donation directly to MSRW online through PayPal, please click the button below. Thank you for your support!

NOTE:  A donation of $35 or more will obtain an annual membership for an individual.

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