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Our Latest Projects

This spring we will be sponsoring an exploratory hawk count at the Porcupine Mtns State Park west of Silver City, Mi.    Ryne Rutherford will be up at East Vista between March 15th and May 4th monitoring raptor migration there.  We expect that many of the thousands of raptors seen every spring up at Brockway Mtn in the Keweenaw actually continue their northward migration by flying southwest along the shoreline past the Porkies and Duluth to get around Lake Superior.   This springs modest study will give us the first data on that.

We have also decided to place two Motus sites in the Keweenaw. One site was installed during 2019 and is operational. We will be installing the second site in 2020. Two generous club members, Russ Schipper and Ilse Gebhard, have volunteered to fund one of the towers and we'll use club funds for the 2nd tower.     The Motus project is a grand scheme to place receiving towers all across the continent to help in tracking small birds, bats and even insects. Their website will tell you all about it.

Local Webcams

CCA has sponsored three webcams in the Keweenaw.

Two cams at the Houghton / Hancock Lift-bridge show the nesting Peregrine Falcons.

 

The cam at Finlandia University's Jutila Center shows a nesting pair of Great Horned Owls.

Here are links to two birding resources for the Copper Country and Upper Peninsula.

Laurence Binford's book

Birds of the Keweenaw Peninsula

Scott Hickman's Checklist of Birds of the Upper Peninsula

Laurence Binford's list of

Birds of the Keweenaw Peninsula

At right,  is a Peregrine Falcon at the Lift Bridge one day after it fledged in 2016.

Copper Country Audubon is involved with all things birding and conducts bird research in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Keweenaw peninsula and the Lake Superior watershed

coppercountryaudubon.org

All projects are funded by donations and Copper Country Audubon member dues only. Please donate (see about us page)

2019  by Joseph Youngman and Phil Quenzi