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2016 Bridger Raptor Festival Sponsors

NorthWestern Energy 2014 - 2016 Sponsor
Delivering A Bright Future

NorthWestern Energy wants to make the communities it serves better places to live, work and prosper. That's why we're proud to donate to a wide range of worthy causes.

Owenhouse ACE Hardware 2015 Binocular Blitz Activity Sponsor

With over 130 years or experience, Owenhouse Ace Hardware is ready to assist you with all of your hardware and home improvement needs.

Vortex Optics 2015 Binocular Blitz Activity Sponsor

Vortex Optics offers high quality binoculars and scopes that can be found at Owenhouse ACE Hardware.

Natural Exposures, Inc 2007 - 2014 Photo Sponsor
Your connection to the world of photography, nature and conservation

A big thanks to the folks at Natural Exposures Inc., Daniel J. Cox, Tanya Smith Cox, and Jill Mangum, for the use of Dan's photography.

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 2013, MRCC admitted 190 injured raptors including 52 eagles. 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 2013 we reached over 6,500 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!

Montana Audubon Society
Our mission is to promote appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana's native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations. Founded in 1976, we have built effective programs in public policy, education, and bird conservation to serve our members and Montana's nine community-based Audubon Chapters

Sacajawea Audubon Society
The mission of the Sacajawea Audubon Society is to build an interest in birds to promote the conservation of our natural environment through enjoyment, education and action.