Finding Us

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To visit us during one of our hawk or waterbird counting days, you can find us below:

Spring Raptor Watch
Fall Raptor Watch
Waterbird Count

Spring Raptor Watch

Depending on conditions, the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch operates at one of two sites near Mackinaw City, MI that are about a mile apart from each other.  They are both directly off of W. Central Avenue.  The below map shows the two sites in relation to each other in Mackinaw City.  Click for a larger version.

The site that is used most often early in the spring is behind the Mackinaw City Recreation Complex.  You can find it on the following google map.

The secondary site is a gravel pit/field about 1 mile west of the Recreation Complex on the south side if Central Ave.  Look for a Hawk Watch sign near the location to turn off west Central Ave.

Each day a sign will be posted to direct visitors to the correct site, so look for the below sign for the exact location.

Fall Raptor Watch

In the fall, MSRW is conducting a raptor watch north of the bridge from Point LaBarbe.  From US 2, turn south onto Boulevard Drive and drive 0.7 miles.  Turn right onto Densmore Ave and drive 0.6 miles until it reconnects with Boulevard Drive.  Turn right onto Boulevard and go approximately 1 mile.  You should see the hawk counters.  The following map may help.

Spring and Fall Waterbird Count

The waterbird counts are normally conducted in both spring and fall from McGulpin Point.   From Mackinaw City take W. Central Ave west for 2.4 miles.  It will end at an intersection with Headlands Road.  Turn right and drive a half mile until you reach the lake.  There will be a parking area on your left.  The counter is usually on the beach just to the right of the parking area.

However, new for fall 2020, the waterbird count will be conducted from 2 alternating locations, in an attempt to better survey the Straits, and determine if the previous counts from McGulpin Point do represent the entire Straits.  Alternating every other day with the McGulpin Point count, we will be counting at Graham Point, in St. Ignace (where the south end of N. State St. ends at the waters edge).


We hope to see you out counting!