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Mackinaw Raptor Fest 2017 Schedule

Friday, April 7

7:00am-3:00pm Waterbird Count (weather-dependent; all welcome anytime, free)


10:00am-4:00pm Hawk Watch (weather-dependent; all welcome anytime, free)


7:00pm Owl Banding and Constellation Finding, Headlands Dark Sky Park Guest House, by

Ed Pike and Kathy Bricker. Free event for first 40 Fest registrants who

reserve space.


8:00pm Statewide Astronomy Night, Headlands Dark Sky Park, Waterfront Event Center, by Park staff and Michigan State University. Free public event, not affiliated with Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch. No limit on participants and no need to register.


Saturday, April 8

7:00am-3:00pm Waterbird Count (weather-dependent; all welcome anytime, free)


10:00am-4:00pm Hawk Watch (weather-dependent; all welcome anytime, free)


8:30-9:00am Fest Registration, Mackinaw City School. Exhibits. Danish, fruit, coffee.


9:00-10:00amRaptor Migration and Conquering ID: Using Video to Make Raptor ID a

Snap!” by Josh Haas


10:15-11:00am (choose one)

Overview of Raptor Migration in the Midwest” by Mark Martell

How Is Migration Data Used?” by Will Weber, Ph.D.


Peregrine Falcons in Michigan” by Holly Vaughn


Bird Photography for Beginners: A Guide to Jump Starting a Gratifying

Adventure” by Josh Haas (Photography class participants are invited to the

photograph review session this evening at Headlands Dark Sky Park)


Walk to Hawk Watch with Interpreter; stay as long as desired; weatherdependent

Drive to Waterbird Count with Interpreter; stay as long as desired;

weather-dependent


11:15am-12:00pm (choose one)

Overview of Raptor Migration in the Midwest” by Mark Martell


How Is Migration Data Used?” by Will Weber, Ph.D.

Loon Research and Banding” by Jeff Lange


The Special Challenges of Photographing Hawks on the Wing” by Josh

Haas (Photography class participants are invited to the photograph review

session this evening at Headlands Dark Sky Park)


Walk to Hawk Watch with Interpreter; stay as long as desired;

weather-dependent


Drive to Waterbird Count with Interpreter; stay as long as desired;

weather-dependent


12:00-1:00pm Choice of Box Lunch (must reserve when registering) or Area Restaurants


1:00-2:00pmLive Birds of Prey Presentation” by Rebecca Lessard, Wings of Wonder


2:15-3:00pm (choose one)

Overview of Raptor Migration in the Midwest” by Mark Martell


Peregrine Falcons in Michigan” by Holly Vaughn


Bird Photography for Beginners: A Guide to Jump Starting a Gratifying

Adventure” by Josh Haas (Photography class participants are invited to

the photograph review session this evening at Headlands Dark Sky Park)


Loon Research and Banding” by Jeff Lange


Walk to Hawk Watch with Interpreter; stay as long as desired;

weather-dependent


Drive to Waterbird Count with Interpreter; stay as long as desired;

weather-dependent


3:15-4:15pm (choose one)

How Is Migration Data Used?” by Will Weber, Ph.D.


Peregrine Falcons in Michigan” by Holly Vaughn


Owl Migration in the Straits of Mackinac” by Ed Pike


The Uncommon Loon” film by Jeff Lange


Walk to Hawk Watch with Interpreter; stay as long as desired;

weather-dependent


5:15-7:00pm Buffet dinner. St. Anthony's Church, Mackinaw City. Keynote Talk:

“Golden Eagles in the Eastern United States” by Mark Martell


7:15pm Photograph Review for photography session participants only, by Josh

Haas at Headlands Dark Sky Park


Sunday, April 9

7:00am-3:00pm Waterbird Count (weather-dependent; all welcome anytime, free)


8:00pm Statewide Astronomy Night, Headlands Dark Sky Park, by Park staff and Michigan State University. Free public event, not affiliated with Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch. No limit on participants and no need to register.


10:00am-4:00pm Hawk Watch (weather-dependent; all welcome anytime, free)


Saturday, April 15


7:30pm Owl Banding and Constellation Finding, Headlands Dark Sky Park, by Ed Pike and Kathy Bricker. Free extra event offered a week after the Fest to allow more people to have the chance to see owls, especially those living in Northern Michigan and/or Fest volunteers. Limited to first 40 Fest registrants or volunteers who reserve space.



     Every year thousands of hawks, eagles, vultures, and owls follow the contours of Lakes Michigan and Huron, ending up at the Straits of Mackinac where they must cross a 5-mile expanse of water. To save energy, the birds use rising air drafts to lift them high in the air, and then they glide across the Straits.

     The Mackinaw Straits Raptor Watch inventories these birds as well as waterfowl as they migrate and promotes their observation to the public. To see our work, along with photos and migrating numbers, visit our website at www.MackinacRaptorWatch.org.

      Interpreters will be on hand all day to help you spot and identify the birds and share stories about them. There is no charge for this activity.

Bald Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk

Lead funding for the Mackinaw Raptor Fest 2017 and other education outreach is generously provided by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.

We also thank the Hawk Watch Sponsors: the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau and Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau.

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