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 has been sponsored by Imerys Talc as well as other partners and supporters, and is hosted by Bridger Bowl, Gallatin National Forest, and the Montana Raptor Conservation Center.
World-renowned paleontologist, MrJack Horner, the Museum of the Rockies' Curator of Paleontology, is known for his groundbreaking discoveries of the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, and the first dinosaur embryos. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost paleontologists, noted for his fieldwork and some of the best reconstructions of fossil dinosaurs ever assembled. Horner is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant". He served as the technical adviser for all three of the Jurassic Park movies and is the inspiration for the movie's lead character, Dr Alan Grant. The Museum of the Rockies, as the result of Horner's continuing fieldwork, has the largest Tyrannosaurus rex collection in the world.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.