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A huge thank you to those that donated!!! Together, we raised $1700 for HMANA and Whitefish Pt. Here is a roll-up of our raptorthon. Our raptorthon was centered around the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and the eastern Upper Peninsula in Northern Michigan. We had a four-person team consisting of myself (Josh Haas), Thomas Koffel, Susan Magnolia and Kara Haas. We began early with beautiful clear skies searching for Spruce Grouse and other Michigan UP specialties. While we were unsuccessful with the Grouse we pulled in Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and Red-breasted Nuthatch with little effort. No raptors, but great birds nonetheless. As time went on we ended up at Whitefish Point and before we got out of the car a Great Black-backed Gull flew over as we began searching the skies for early hawks and flyover passerines. On the hawk deck we secured great species such as Merlin, Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk, multiple morphs of Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harrier and both Golden and Bald Eagles. Merlin wouldn’t be the only falcon as American Kestrels did make an appearance, however Peregrines eluded us throughout the day. A special bird Thomas from our team found was an early Savannah Sparrow perched not far from the deck! After leaving the point, we were over 50 species including passerines such as Evening Grosbeak and Common Redpoll, among others. We decided our best bet later in the day was to see some different habitats and go in search of ducks and diurnal Owls as both Great Gray and Snowys were being seen within an hour of Whitefish Point. Our team, along with my 6-year old daughter, 3-month old son, and a few non-birders excited at the chance of seeing owls made the trek and started with the Great Gray Owl search. We dipped on this amazing northern bird but along the way found a non-feathered gem, the Porcupine, which built the group’s excitement level before ending our day with 18, yes 18 Snowy Owls in gorgeous evening light. This particular area in the UP has been very popular for Snowy Owls the past few years and it did not disappoint. Many of the stops we made yielded two, three and sometimes six owls in view as we scoped the landscape. Simply amazing, especially for non-birders. In the end we tallied 65 species, 11 of which were migratory hawks. More importantly, we raised $1700 for both HMANA and the Whitefish Point Hawkwatch which is just awesome. The counters at Whitefish were sharing frustrations with their current radios for communicating between the hawk and waterbird counters. Knowing they have some funds coming their way, they are excited to secure new radios which will help them immensely. On behalf of our team, we want to thank everyone again for all who donated. We should all be happy about what we’ve accomplished for these programs.