In this short video, we meet Richard Couse, the new Executive Director of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch (MSRW). An avid birder and conservationist, Couse has worked with a number of nonprofits on the East Coast focusing on bird ecology and related research projects. With an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in conservation biology, he’s truly excited to be working with this young nonprofit organization focused on scientific data gathering, migratory birds and public education.
Anyone interested in the migration of raptors through Michigan is invited to join MSRW each spring and fall to watch the incredible array of hawks, eagles and vultures moving through the area. Couse notes that MSRW has discovered and documented surprisingly large numbers of golden eagles moving though the Straits. To learn more about golden eagles and migratory patterns, Couse encourages everyone to come to this year’s Mackinaw Raptor Fest hosted by MSRW in Mackinaw City, April 5-7, 2019.
Editor’s Note: Special Thanks to Josh Haas for the video clips of raptors used in this video (www.hawksonthewing.com).
For more on MSRW, please watch the two-part series published by Nature Change in 2017. Here are the links: