The Bridger Raptor Festival is an annual event held in early October in and around Bozeman, Montana. The festival, which is free to the public, centers around the the largest known Golden Eagle migration in the United States. Since 1991 a raptor migration count has taken place every fall at the Bridger Bowl ski area in the Gallatin National Forest just north of Bozeman. Festival activities center around raptor viewing and include nature walks and talks, educational and entertaining programs and activities for people of all ages.
The event is sponsored by Northwestern Energy and Bridger Bowl. It is hosted by the Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Gallatin National Forest, and the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, and the Sacajawea and Montana chapters of the Audubon Society.
People have always been enchanted with birds of prey, and we will investigate the reasons in a PowerPoint and presentation with live birds. We’ll discuss what makes up a raptor and their special place in history and society. Then we’ll meet a falcon, an eagle, and owls up close. Individual life histories and species specifics are explored with a discussion of Peregrine Falcon population recovery, Golden Eagles' persecution and now protection, the enigma of owls, and importance of natural resource conservation. We finish, as in every program, by learning how to hoot up an owl.
The Bridger Raptor Festival: A Migration Celebration is an annual event dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation for the migration of raptors and other wildlife through the Northern Rockies.The Festival seeks to:
Raise awareness and support local, national and international organizations that share in this mission.
Events that are free, available to the general public, appealing to a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests.