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 Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Bridger Bowl Foundation, Custer Gallatin National Forest, GCC Trident Plant, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Montana Audubon, Montana Outdoor Science School, Montana Raptor Conservation Center, Montana Wilderness Association, Museum of the Rockies, Sacajawea Audubon Society, Yellowstone National Park and Zoo Montana.

Kick-Off Event - Sky Migrations

Q&A: Adam Richardson, Bridger Mountains Hawk Watch

Live Bird Presentation: Montana Raptor Conservation Center

October 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm The Ellen Theatre

Join us at this free event for a live bird presentation by our friends at Montana Raptor Conservation Center, Sky Migrations Short Film and Q&A with Adam Richardson from Bridger Mountains Hawk Watch.

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

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.