Copper Country Audubon
In 2021 we sent Alison Vilag and Rhoda Johnson to Michipicoten for a October waterbird count. Alison's article on that project is here.
We first sent Zach Gayk, Greg Cleary and Joseph Youngman to Michipicoten to check and see if we could see incoming raptors crossing eastward from Manitou Island off the Keweenaw peninsula. Over at Manitou we kept seeing small numbers (15 to 25 each morning) of Sharp-shinned Hawks leaving Manitou and disappearing toward the east. We went in May of 2007 and we didn't see many raptors but we saw a major movement of waterbirds migrating NNW seeming to use the west tip of Michipicoten as a waypoint. In October of 2018 we sent Terry Dreeves and Youngman to look at waterbird migration again. For the 2007 trip we have a report to download and for the 2017 trip we have a spreadsheet.
We traveled to Michipicoten via Hawk Air, a great float-plane service based out of Hawk Junction, Ontario. They dropped us off at Michi Lake where they have a cabin for fly-in fisherman. We had to hike about 3 miles out to the west tip of the island to camp and do our counts out there.