Dear hawk and nature enthusiasts,
American Robins have returned north in droves, joining Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and many other migrants. These signs of spring bring joy at a time of concern about Coronavirus 2019.
Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch of course changed our plans to expand research and education this spring. Along with the popular Mackinaw Raptor Fest, we also canceled two Owl Banders, the new Mackinac Island Hawk Counter, and the Raptor Naturalist. We paid each person part of their fee to compensate for the last-minute notice.
Fortunately, Kevin Georg (from Johnstown, Pennsylvania) had already settled in to count hawks by March 5. He has recorded more than 111 Golden Eagles, along with 256 Red-tailed Hawks, our signature species.