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2016 Bridger Raptor Festival Sponsor



Northwestern Energy Community Works 2015 - 2016 Sponsor
NorthWestern Energy is a community within many communities. We are close to 1,600 individuals working collectively to build stronger communities in Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota through the production, generation and delivery of electricity and natural gas.

Our goal is to be a leading corporate citizen in each of the diverse communities we serve. In 2016, our Community Works Fund contributed more than $2 million in economic development, charitable donations and community sponsorships. We are invested fully in the community spirit that connects us in common purpose. We are delivering a bright future.

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, 3 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.

Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin National Forest personnel have been involved with the raptor migration 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 Bev Dixon has assumed the Forest Service role in the Bridger Raptor Festival since 1997.

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!