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2017 Bridger Raptor Festival Sponsors

CRH 2017 Sponsors
CRH is a gloabl leader in providing building materials. The Trident cement plant, located on the banks of the Missouri River, has been in operation providing materials for the regions’ growing infrastructure for over a century. As a CRH US cement plant, Trident continues to be a key economic contributor to the area. Recently, the plant supplied products for a new I-90 interchange at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and expansion projects at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

CRH’s vision is to be the leading building materials business in the world and in doing so to create value and deliver superior returns for all our stakeholders. The employees at the Trident Cement Plant spend hundreds of hours volunteering and contributing in the community and are proud ambassadors for company values.

Yellowstone Forever is the official education and fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever. Our educational programming, products, and services help people enjoy, understand, and appreciate the wildlife, geology, and cultural history of the park.

Yellowstone Forever’s mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come.

About Our Hosts

Bridger Bowl
Skiing enthusiasts have enjoyed using the area now called Bridger Bowl since the mid 1940’s.The outstanding effort and support of local volunteers, association and board members, businesses, staff, and dedicated pass holders over the past 50 years have enabled Bridger Bowl to grow from one rope-tow and a quonset hut to a major ski area with 2.000 acres of terrain, 8 chair lifts, 2,600 vertical feet, 4 lodges and plans for expansion as needed. Bridger Bowl has become a cornerstone for Bozeman’s recreational community and a major contributor to the area’s vibrant winter tourism economy. Bridger Bowl’s original mission still stands to this day: to plan, develop and maintain facilities and services in a financially sound manner which provide the best possible skiing experience at a reasonable cost to local, regional and destination skiers.

The Bridger Bowl Foundation
The Bridger Bowl Foundation was created in 2004 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) fundraising organization that works closely with, and supports activities related to, Bridger Bowl. The Mission of The Bridger Bowl Foundation is to provide funding for recreational activities and educational programs at Bridger Bowl.

Sacajawea Audubon Society
Montana Audubon Society and Sacajawea Adubon Society are responsible for the bird count on the Bridger Ridge fron the beginning of Septemeber through October. In addition Sacajawea Audubon sponsors and conducts many of the fun bird-related activities at Raptor Fest.

Montana Raptor Conservation Center
The Montana Raptor Conservation Center (MCRR) has been celebrating the annual fall migration of raptors since the first Bridger Raptor Festival in 1997!

Montana Raptor Conservation Center was established in 1988 and became a private, nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) corporation in 1991. Our mission is to promote the conservation and restoration of raptor species through the rehabilitation and release of injured raptors and public education. Our primary goal is to successfully rehabilitate and release injured raptors, as well as other avian species that are endangered, threatened or of special concern. The injuries incurred by these birds are most often human related, the most common causes being vehicular collision, window collision, electrical contact, toxicity, gunshot and caught in fence or trap. In 2004, MRCC admitted 128 birds. The strength of MRCC depends strongly on its dedicated volunteers who consistently donate their time to feed and care for the birds, as well as retrieve injured birds and transport them to the center. MRCC’s educational outreach team has been active in Montana since 1992. In 2004 we reached over 3200 people, from preschool to adult age groups, with a variety of programs about Montana’s raptors. Through the outreach program, MRCC promotes community stewardship for raptors and their habitat.
Stop by the MRCC booth at the Raptor Festival and meet the Ambassador Birds!

Custer Gallatin National Forest
Custer Gallatin National Forest personnel have been involved with the raptor migration count along the Bridger Mountain Range since the early 1990s. Forest Service district wildlife biologists have facilitated the annual raptor counts by helping to provide logistics for HawkWatch International volunteers and even participating in the counts. Ron Krager, Wildlife Biologist at the Bozeman Ranger District, and Doug Wales, Marketing Director for Bridger Bowl decided to invite the public to participate in the raptor migration event by organizing guided hikes to the National Forest System Lands migration count site on the ridge. The original hikes were very popular with the general public, so other local groups were contacted and a partnership was formed, Public involvement was expanded into a Raptor Festival. District Wildlife Biologist Randy Scarlett has assumed the Forest Service role in the Bridger Raptor Festival.

Museum of the Rockies
Museum of the Rockies inspires life-long learning in science, history, culture, and art; advances knowledge through collections, research and discovery; and presents engaging, vibrant exhibits and educational opportunities. Museum of the Rockies brings the world to Montana and shares Montana with the world.

Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is a college-level division of Montana State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, a repository for federal fossils, and an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. It is recognized as one of the world's finest research and history museums and is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including a full-scale T. rex skeleton!