Dear almost-attendees at Mackinaw Raptor Fest,
Go figure. It was 55 degrees and sunny yesterday, with clear skies. The snow and ice have melted around the Straits of Mackinac. Song Sparrows, Sandhill Cranes, and Spring Peepers can now be heard near my home in Cheboygan.
I am so sorry that none of us could experience the Mackinaw Raptor Fest field trips yesterday to see U.P. Birds or enjoy Owls and Stars. Today, it’s raining, but you would have been inside choosing between great talks anyway. As co-chair of the fifth Mackinaw Raptor Fest of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch, I feel angry at COVID-19 and am disappointed, for myself, for you, and for all the dedicated volunteers who worked so hard on this event the past year. Yet this cancellation is insignificant compared to the suffering of others.