Update on 2021 Raptor Watch

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch 2021

Update on 2021 Raptor Watch

The Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch saw more than 17,000 raptors in 2021, more than any other year before!

Organizers said this year was a very successful year for the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch’s (MSRW) annual count of raptors and waterbirds.

This fall, MSRW conducted its fourth annual autumn count of migrating raptors as they flew south to their wintering grounds. Researchers recorded 17,182 raptors of 16 species from the station at Point LaBarbe.

The largest number of raptors counted prior to Nov. 10 included turkey vultures, with 5,389 being counted, redtailed hawks with 4,562 being counted, 4,000 sharp-shinned hawks and 1,434 bald eagles.

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