REGISTER NOW for the 2nd RAPTORS REVEALED program, “Hawks on the Wing.”

You want to see this!  It's this Thursday, April 22, at 4 pm (Eastern Daylight Time – an inside joke for the 93 participants we had view last week's show) via secure Zoom

Raptors in flight bring a sense of wonder and sometimes struggle to birders, especially when it comes to identifying them at a distance. Field marks are not enough when birds lack color when lit from behind or far away. Using flight characteristics is the best way to identify hawks.  However, books only take this method so far.

Join hawk-watcher Josh Haas as he shares the principles of flight ID and focuses on key eastern migratory raptors including commentary, photography and video clips from his movie “Hawks on the Wing.” Side-by-side photography and videography will help decipher species such as Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks as well as Bald and Golden Eagles. Josh Haas is a Michigan birder, photographer, President of Battle Creek Audubon and board Vice Chair for the Hawk Migration Association of North America. His movie "Hawks on the Wing," reference guide, information about hawk-watching, and galleries with his finest images are available at Josh’s passion started with raptors, but he birds and photographs in all seasons, often with his wife, daughter and son.

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See the talk description and Josh Haas's full bio at:
“This will be at least my eighth program on hawk identification, and I can hardly wait.  You learn more things from every one! Each presenter has a different way of saying it, some making more sense than others.  Plus, repetition helps the tips to sink in and be understood.  The best thing afterward? Get outside and absorb the experience: marvel first and identify later!”

~Kathy Bricker, MSRW Board
Josh Haas: Creator of the Raptor ID video "Hawks on the Wing" Auction UNDERWAY for MSRW


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The mission of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch is to conduct research in the Straits of Mackinac area on migrating birds of prey, to support their conservation, and to inform and inspire people about them. 

MSRW is a non-profit organization that depends on your donation!  The group appreciates support from more than 350 individual and business contributors, and from area organizations, including the Mackinac Area Visitors Bureau and Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.

To learn more or to donate, visit our newly updated website at:  We appreciate support from Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation that enabled this website transformation.
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