Steve Hoffman has dedicated his entire 32-year career to wildlife conservation. He has served as Executive Director of Montana Audubon since 2006. He began his career as a Wildlife Biologist for the US Bureau of Land Management in Arizona, and later worked as an Endangered Species Specialist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in the American Southwest. After 10 years of government service Steve founded HawkWatch International (HWI), a nonprofit organization focused on the study and conservation of hawks, eagles and other raptors. Through HWI Steve launched the Bridger Raptor Migration Project (as well as many other similar raptor monitoring projects across the West). Steve has authored more than 30 scientific papers on raptor migration ecology and various wildlife conservation topics. He has given hundreds of public presentations on raptor-related topics across the U.S. Steve earned his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University (1979).
The Bridger Raptor Festival is an annual event held in and around Bozeman, Montana. The festival, which is free to the public, centers around a raptor migration count of the largest known Golden Eagle migration in the United States which takes place at the Bridger Bowl ski area in the Gallatin National Forest just north of Bozeman. Other activities include wildlife films, nature walks and talks, education and entertainment programs for people of all ages.
The event is sponsored by Imerys Talc and is hosted by the Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Gallatin National Forest, and the Montana Raptor Conservation Center.
Beer, food and music in the Jim Bridger Lodge from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday, October 5th.
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.