raptors Straits of Mackinac are a bird of prey superhighway By Kaye LaFond • Apr 19, 2019 Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio Listen Listening... / 3:19 Listen here. More than four million people crossed the Straits of Mackinac last year. But they are also one of the busiest migration spots for raptors, or birds of prey, in the United States. Some hunters are going out with guns today. Others are out with birds. By Stateside Staff • Nov 15, 2017 Courtesy of Chris Wysocki Listen Listening... / 9:25 Stateside's conversation with master falconer Chris Wysocki. Firearm deer season starts today and thousands of hunters are heading out with their rifles. But around this time of year, there's a tiny group of Michiganders heading out with birds instead.