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Keweenaw's Migratory Bird Fest in Copper Harbor
Celebrating the Spectacular Spring Migration

2016 Schedule & Things to Do
Early Spring - end of April & beginning of May

Birder Recommendation: Raptor migration is strong -Take Brockway Mountain Drive stopping along the way at many scenic turnouts to observe the raptors along the flyway. The Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch is taking place at the peak. Visit the counter as he surveys the skies for passing raptors. The Lake Superior shoreline is a great spot for birds and keep your eye on the sky! Sparrows are here - a good spot to view many species is Clyde's Bird Trail. The warblers are arriving in great numbers. Check out Lake Manganese and the Red Trail for woodland visitors and don't miss Manganese Falls while the spring waters are still high are flowing strong.

Saturday, May 7th

Discover techniques for photographing both perched raptors and those in flight. See photos and hear stories from the field, as well as getting advice on ethics in raptor photography.

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ~ Raptor Photography: Tales, Techniques, & Ethics by Vic Berardi
& Celebratory Meet & Greet Fundraising Event
Join us at the Copper Harbor Community Hall at 6:00 pm where Vic Berardi, renowned raptor photographer will share stories of his travels and photographing raptors. His experiences and stunning photography are sure to please birders and non-birders alike.
At 7:30 we’ll head across the street to the Mariner North for a casual meet and greet. Enjoy some desserts and savory bites along with local beers and a nice selection of wines including Michigan varieties. There will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and door prizes
Tickets are $25.00 per person and all proceeds go to the Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch!

Stay the night! Why not come up for the birding, enjoy the event and stay the night! Discounted lodging offered at the Mariner North, Brockway Inn and The Pines Resort.

Mid-May

Birder Recommendation: It's time for more warblers, songbirds and the flycatchers are arriving too - Take woodland and field walks, Hunter's Point, Estivant Pines, Fort Wilkins - There is still raptor activity, just not as heavy now. Check out the harbor and Clyde's Bird Trail ponds for water birds.

Saturday, May 14th ~ Official International Migratory Bird Day

Details about the following coming soon!

Take a ride up Brockway to meet the counter for The Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch and see some birds!

Take a guided bird and wildflower walk. There will be 2 parts to the walk, both ending back a at the hall, so you can choose how far you wish to go. (weather permiting)

Saturday, May 21st

End of May / June

Birder Recommendation: The migration is slowing down at this time but is still going. It's a great time see the birds that stay and nest here while they are still active and looking for nesting territories. There is still raptor activity, but slowing steadily. Everywhere you look there are birds!