February 2017 Presentation: Raving about Raptors

February 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
People's Church
1758 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

Did you know that kettles rise on warm updrafts? They do. Of course these kettles are groups of Red-tailed or Broad-winged Hawks or other raptors rising up on the warm updrafts to save energy as they migrate over long expanses such as one of the Great Lakes. Kathy Bricker and her husband, Jim, will come with some of their excitement of watching these kettles rise at the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch.
Kathy has been a nature geek since she was a kid. She was birding by age 9, and in high school received a Summer Science Training scholarship to the University of Washington. After getting her Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Michigan, she did research in limnology (study of lakes). She became the first Executive Director of the Little Traverse Conservancy and co-founded Recycle North in Petoskey, then spent 15 years in Ocean Conservancy. She has great birding credentials, of course, as past President of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, and she was on the Michigan Audubon board. She is a co-founder of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch and is a principal organizer of the Mackinaw Raptor Fest.
Much of Kathy’s presentation will center on the work of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch studying the hawks and owls and their adaptations to the top-of-the-food-chain lifestyle.
I think you better come and see those kettles rise. The program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce our dishwashing.