Bridger Raptor Festival Bridger Raptor Festival

Welcome to the Bridger Raptor Festival
October 2 - 4, 2015

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 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.
The event is sponsored by Northwestern Energy and Bridger Bowl. It is hosted by the Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Gallatin National Forest, and the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, and the Sacajawea and Montana chapters of the Audubon Society.


Keynote Speaker - Kate Davis, founder of Raptors of the Rockies, will speak on "Raptor Education in the West"

October 2nd, 2015 - 7:00 pm Museum of the Rockies

People have always been enchanted with birds of prey, and we will investigate the reasons in a PowerPoint and presentation with live birds. We’ll discuss what makes up a raptor and their special place in history and society. Then we’ll meet a falcon, an eagle, and owls up close. Individual life histories and species specifics are explored with a discussion of Peregrine Falcon population recovery, Golden Eagles' persecution and now protection, the enigma of owls, and importance of natural resource conservation. We finish, as in every program, by learning how to hoot up an owl.


Oktoberfest @ Raptor Fest

Beer, food and music in the Jim Bridger Lodge from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday, October 3.

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.