Michigan Audubon’s Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (WPBO) is a long-term avian monitoring and research site as well as a Globally Important Bird Area. Our primary migration monitoring and research site, WPBO is located in Paradise, Mich., on the shores of Lake Superior. It is an important spring flight corridor for raptors, with an average of 18,000 raptors migrating past the Point each spring season. Since 1979, the raptor count at WPBO has documented the migration of hawks, eagles, and falcons at the Point, providing reliable comparative data for the long-term monitoring of raptor populations. The goal of our long-term census, reported annually to the Hawk Migration Association of North America, is to determine the migration chronology of raptors at the Point and t

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