Points North, Ep. 9: Signs of Spring

Apr 18, 2019

This week on Points North, millions of people cross the Straits of Mackinac each year. But it’s also a highway for thousands of raptors - or birds of prey - that migrate over the Straits each spring.

Plus, after beating his own addiction to drugs, an advocate trains others to respond to an overdose.

The Straits of Mackinac a superhighway for birds-of-prey
Kevin Georg, a professional raptor counter, lifts his binoculars to the sky in Mackinac City during this year's spring raptor migration.
Credit Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

The Straits of Mackinac are known for clear blue waters, strong currents and a five-mile-long suspension bridge. They are also one of the busiest migration spots for raptors in the United States.

Hear about their spring migration.


Three small bottles and some training may save lives
A small bottle of naloxone could be the difference between life and death during a drug overdose.
Credit Maxwell Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Naloxone is a chemical compound that can stop an opioid overdose. For a long time it was only used by first responders and law enforcement. But as overdoses increase nationwide, advocates are trying to get it in the hands of as many people as possible.