Bridger Raptor Festival Bridger Raptor Festival

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 this event.

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.

Charles Post
A @hawkwatch volunteer moments before the release of a golden eagle captured high atop Nevada’s Goshute Mountains. This eagle was captured, banded and released by researchers as part of an ongoing study on raptor population dynamics and migration patterns. And it wasn’t a bad way to kick off filming for Sky Migrations! Photo @Charles_Post

Charles Post
Moments before release, filmmaker and ecologist @Charles_Post, takes one last look into the eyes of a wild sharp shinned hawk before it will rejoin the tide of migratory raptors overhead. Each spring and fall, millions of migratory birds travel thousands of miles from their winter grounds to the landscapes where they will nest and raise their young. This is one of the greatest wildlife migrations on Earth. Photo: @ForestWoodward

Charles Post
Filmmaker and ecologist, @Charles_Post looks across the eastern horizon in search of migrating raptors bombing South as they embark on an epic migration binding forests from the far north to - in some cases - grasslands deep in South America. This is one of the planet’s great migrations. Photo: @max.lowe

Charles Post
Filmmaker and ecologist, @Charles_Post, and a sharp shinned hawk pause for a moment before its release back into the river of migrating raptors overhead. Photo: @ForestWoodward

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.

Mission Statement

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 life-long learning.

Events that are free, available to the general public, appealing to a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests.