Bridger Raptor Festival Bridger Raptor Festival

Welcome to the Bridger Raptor Festival
October 6 - 8, 2017

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.
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 The Bridger Raptor Festival is sponsored by CRH Trident and Bridger Bowl. It is hosted by the Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center and the Sacajawea and Montana chapters of the Audubon Society.


Kick-Off Event - "The Eagle Huntress"

Sponsored by Yellowstone Forever

October 6, 2017 - 7:00 pm The Ellen Theatre

The Eagle Huntress follows the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia, as she attempts to become the first female eagle hunter in twleve generations to compete in the eagle festival at Ulgii, Mongolia. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. The film was directed by Otto Bell and executive-produced by Morgan Spurlock and Daisy Ridley, who served as narrator. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Docmentary Feature and was a BAFTA Award nominee.
Yellowstone Forever is sponsoring this showing 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 7.

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.