(This update is by the courtesy of Larry VanWagoner. Thanks, Larry!) 9/27/17
We (Sue and Larry) visited the Prescott crane site 10 days ago in the early evening. We found about 300 cranes foraging in the alfalfa field east of the roosting ponds. Past counts this early in the fall have found less than 100 birds.
And At the Straits
The Mackinaw Straits Raptor Watch group is conducting three daily/nightly surveys this fall until mid-October. A raptor count at Pt. LaBarbie ( just west of the north approach of the Mackinaw Bridge), a waterbird count at the Straits on the beach west of Mackinaw City near McGulpin Lighthouse, and an owl banding project at Cheboygan State Park.
You can view their progress / daily results by visiting their website and clicking on ’News’ in the blue bar at the top of the page. http://www.mackinacraptorwatch.org/blog/
The Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City has opened their Waterfront Event Center (and astronomical observatory). They are offering monthly sky programs. http://www.midarkskypark.org