To more effectively prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch has canceled the April Mackinaw Raptor Fest, effective March 13,2020. Email for more information.

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A great little birding event at the tip of Michigan's mitten, the Mackinaw Raptor Fest appeals to people who love to watch and learn about bird migration. Located in Mackinaw City, Michigan and hosted by the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch the three-day event provides great views of migrating raptors, interesting sessions and educational workshops. Registration is limited to 160 people, so sign up soon!

MSRW offers Mackinaw Raptor Fest scholarships to up to four qualified applicants.  In 2019, Student Scholars were Andrew Dennhardt, Eliana Daum, Magdalena Fanning, and Jacob Van Patten. In 2018, Student Scholars were Kelsey Becraft and Maeve Klein.  Support the Student Scholarship fund to help a student attend the Mackinaw Raptor Fest for free. Businesses giving $300 or more to fund a full scholarship will receive Raptor Partner benefits.   Unused donations carry forward into the Scholarship and Education Fund for future years.  No donor may specify a particular recipient.  Please note if you prefer your gift to remain anonymous. 


Julie Burgess

Ned and Artie Charlton

Keith and Nancy Demeuse

John Frederickson

Robert and Sheridan Haack

Bob Kemnitz

Jack and Bev Kirby

Don and Eileen Martini

Dave Mayberry

Michiana Audubon Club

Al and Jean Moberly

Tom Taylor

Mary Trout

Larry Van Wagoner and Sue Duncan

Ronald E. Wallin Fund of MSRW

Cancellation Policy

·         Cancellations made by 5:00pm on March 6, 2020 will receive a full refund less a $25 administration fee.

·         Cancellations made by 5:00pm on March 20, 2020 will receive a 50% refund less a $25 administration fee.

·         No refunds will be made for cancellations after March 22, 2020 or for no-shows. 

Even if weather prevents outdoor birding, indoor activities will be held.  Mackinaw Raptor Fest reserves the right to cancel, change or substitute an activity if deemed necessary.