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Last Year's Festival Activities

Friday, October 7
7:00 pm: Keynote Speech
Marco Restani
Avian Migration: Pattern and Process, Risk and Reward

For generations the spectacle of bird migration has inspired artists and scientists alike. Some birds travel 10,000 miles one-way or fly non-stop for days. Why do they do that? How do they do that? This presentation will review general principles of bird migration and will focus on raptor studies that revealed how the continents are connected by seasonal movement.
Doors open 6:30 pm at the Museum of the Rockies.

Saturday, October 8
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bridger Bowl Doors Open
Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge

Live Birds, Family Activities, Nature Walks, Ridge Hikes and Lectures both days. Food, Beverage and Bridger Bowl Season Pass sales will be available all day throughout the weekend.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Exhibitors
Jim Bridger Lodge

Headwaters Academy
Montana Raptor Conservation Center
Montana Outdoor Science School
Montana Audubon
Montana Wilderness Association
Montana Mountain Mamas
Sacajawea Audubon
Museum of the Rockies
Opticron USA
Custer Gallatin National Forest
Yellowstone Association
Yellowstone National Park Service
Wild Birds Unlimited

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Live Birds
Jim Bridger Lodge Deck

Come meet the Ambassador birds from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Face Painting
Jim Bridger Lodge

Face painters from the Museum of the Rockies will be transforming bird lovers of all ages into their favorite raptor. $3 per face.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Build a Nifty Nest Box
Sacajawea Audubon Society
Jim Bridger Lodge First Floor

Join Sacajawea Audubon members as they assist you to build a Kestrel or a Chickadee Nest Box. If you decide to purchase the boxes (Kestrel Box for $35 or a Chickadee Box for $15) we will give you instructions on where to hang the bird nest box and how to monitor and maintain the box.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Binocular Target Blitz
Owenhouse Hardware/Sacajawea Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge Deck

Binoculars come in handy when taking a close look at the raptors that migrate using the Bridger Ridge and other wildlife. Owenhouse ACE Hardware will help you learn how to use the binoculars. Find the word on each target and win a prize.

10:00 am 3:00 pm: Nature Journaling
Yellowstone Association
Yellowstone Association Exhibit - Jim Bridger Lodge

Come to the Yellowstone Association Exhibit for a self-guided activity that will use your senses and help you learn about the natural world. Complete the activity and get a prize.


10:15 am - 11:15 am: Sketch–a–Bird
Jackie Wilson
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th Floor
Sacajawea Audubon

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Join Jackie Wilson, with Sacajawea Audubon, as she gives you a step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds.

10:30 am - 12:00 am: Raptor Identification
Steve Hoffman
Montana Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge, 4th Floor

"Identification and Natural History of Montana's Diurnal Eagles, Hawks & Falcons". How many times have you looked at a hawk and wondered what species you were observing? Join Montana Audubon Executive Director Steve Hoffman to learn identification tricks of our 15 most commonly observed diurnal raptor species.

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Nature Walk
Michaela O'Donoghue
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge

Learn about the habitats and behaviors of raptors and other montanimals.

11:00 am 2:00 pm: Wildlife Olympics
Yellowstone National Park
Outdoors by Snow Flake Lift

Test your skills and compare your abilities with those of animals in Yellowstone. How far can you jump? How well can you see and smell? Take part in the Yellowstone Wildlife Olympics anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Saddle Peak Lodge

Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Sketch–a–Bird
Jackie Wilson
Sacajawea Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge Mezzanine

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Join Jackie Wilson,with Sacajawea Audubon, as she gives you a step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds.

1:00 pm: The How and Way of GPS
Roger Jenkins
Montana Wilderness Association
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th Floor

Roger will discuss how the gps functions, the way it does and what good is it? After a presentation Roger will take you out to actually use it. If you've got one, bring it.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Predators in Flight Interpretive Walk
Michaela O'Donoghue
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge

Learn about the habitats and behaviors of raptors and other montanimals.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Raptors of Yellowstone
Brad Bulin
Yellowstone Association
Saddle Peak Lodge, 4th Floor

2:00 pm 2:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Saddle Peak Lodge

Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

Saturday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: OKTOBER FEST
Jim Bridger Lodge

Beer, food and live music.


Sunday, October 9
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bridger Bowl Doors Open
Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge

Bridger Bowl Season Pass sales will be available all day.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Exhibitors
Jim Bridger Lodge

Headwaters Academy
Montana Raptor Conservation Center
Montana Outdoor Science School
Montana Audubon
Montana Wilderness Association
Montana Mountain Mamas
Sacajawea Audubon
Museum of the Rockies
Opticron USA
Custer Gallatin National Forest
Yellowstone Association
Yellowstone National Park Service
Wild Birds Unlimited

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Live Birds
Jim Bridger Lodge Deck

Come me the Ambassador birds from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Face Painting
Jim Bridger Lodge

Face painters from the Museum of the Rockies will be transforming bird lovers of all ages into their favorite raptor. $3 per face.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Build a Nifty Nest Box
Sacajawea Audubon Society
Jim Bridger Lodge First Floor

Join Sacajawea Audubon members as they assist you to build a Kestrel or a Chickadee Nest Box. If you decide to purchase the boxes (Kestrel Box for $35 or a Chickadee Box for $15) we will give you instructions on where to hang the bird nest box and how to monitor and maintain the box.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Binocular Target Blitz
Owenhouse Hardware/Sacajawea Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge Deck

Binoculars come in handy when taking a close look at the raptors that migrate using the Bridger Ridge and other wildlife. Owenhouse ACE Hardware will help you learn how to use the binoculars. Find the word on each target and win a prize.

10:00 am 3:00 pm: Nature Journaling
Yellowstone Association
Yellowstone Association Exhibit - Jim Bridger Lodge

Come to the Yellowstone Association Exhibit for a self-guided activity that will use your senses and help you learn about the natural world. Complete the activity and get a prize.


10:15 am - 11:15 am: Sketch-a-Bird
Jackie Wilson
Saddle Peak Lodge Mezzanine
Sacajawea Audubon

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Join Jackie Wilson,with Sacajawea Audubon, as she gives you a step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds.

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Nature Walk
Michaela O'Donoghue
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge

Learn about the habitats and behaviors of raptors and other montanimals.

10:30 am - 12:00 noon: Raptor Identification
Steve Hoffman
Montana Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge

How many times have you looked at a hawk and wondered what species you were observing? Join Montana Audubon Executive Director Steve Hoffman to learn identification tricks of our 15 most commonly observed diurnal raptor species.

11:00 am 2:00 pm: Wildlife Olympics
Yellowstone National Park
Outdoors by the Tent

Test your skills and compare your abilities with those of animals in Yellowstone. How far can you jump? How well can you see and smell? Take part in the Yellowstone Wildlife Olympics anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Saddle Peak Lodge

Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Sketch–a–Bird
Jackie Wilson
Sacajawea Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge Mezzanine

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Join Jackie Wilson,with Sacajawea Audubon, as she gives you a step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds.

1:00 pm: The How and Way of GPS
Roger Jenkins
Montana Wilderness Association
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th Floor

Roger will discuss how the gps functions, the way it does and what good is it? After a presentation Roger will take you out to actually use it. If you've got one, bring it.

1:30 pm 2:30 pm: Nature Walk
Michaela O'Donoghue
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge

Learn about the habitats and behaviors of raptors and other montanimals.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Forgotten Aerial Predators
Doug Smith
Yellowstone National Park Biologist
Saddle Peak Lodge, 4th Floor

Yellowstone Raptors: The Forgotten Aerial Predators

2:00 pm 2:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Saddle Peak Lodge

Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

Hawk