Welcome to the Bridger Raptor Festival
October 4 - 6, 2019
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 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.
Please, No Dogs.
Live raptors will be at this event. Some raptors can spot prey from a mile away! Therefore, dogs are not allowed at
The Bridger Raptor Festival is hosted by the Sacajawea Audubon Society, Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, Montana Outdoor Science School, Yellowstone Forever, and Yellowstone National Park.
Kick-Off Event - Sky Migrations
Presenters: Charles Post & Max Lowe
Sponsored by Yellowstone Forever
October 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm The Ellen Theatre
Join us in a free viewing of Sky Migrations, followed by a discussion with two of the directors, Charles Post
and Max Lowe.
Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on
two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. A network of volunteers and biologists stand
on remote mountaintops ready to document each pulse of the migration by collecting data that may
arms us with the means to better understand the health and wellbeing of these wayward fliers and
the landscapes that sustain them. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he follows their
migration, and shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front
lines of raptor conservation.
Yellowstone Forever is sponsoring the kick-off event and there will be no charge for admittance.
Oktoberfest @ Raptor Fest
Beer, food and music in the Jim Bridger Lodge from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday, October 5.
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.
Connect the general public to research regarding wildlife and to promote access and interpretation to the
findings of the research.
Foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the local wildlife –while providing opportunities to for
Events that are free, available to the general public, appealing to a wide range of backgrounds, ages and