Raptor Fest, Bozeman, Montana…October 2010

This is one of those neat little things that increase the quality of life in the small town of Bozeman, Montana.

The hike up to Bridger Ridge is about 2 hours and a 1500 foot climb through a ski area….Bridger Ridge is between 9 and 10,000 feet in elevation. The viewing platform low in the ridge and made of wood that with horned owl decoys just to the south and to the north of the viewing platform; usually hit by falcons or goshawks. I have seen the deycoys hit by Merlins, Peregrine Falcons and Goshawks, never have I seen the deycoys hit by a Kestrel. There are towers on the ridgetop and if you climb there on a good day you might be rewarded with a good flight of Golden Eagles, a Perigrine Falcon or a Northern Goshawk. The best times to see flights is between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM with wind blowing from north to south.

A good assortment of western hawks fly by and over the site. Generally early October is the best time to observe hawks or eagles at the site.
Matt

Schedule of Events (click on times for more information)

Friday, October 8th
6:00 pm: Keynote Speech
Dr. Steve Running
Museum of the Rockies
Dr Steve Running, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, will be kicking off the Raptor Fest at the Museum of the Rockies, with his Keynote Presentation, “Science and the Politics of Global Climate Change”. Dr. Running, is a professor of ecology and forestry at the University of Montana and one of the nation’s foremost experts on climate change. His work as a lead author on the 2007 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which presents strong evidence that humanity is artificially warming our world, brought him a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC committee and Al Gore. Dr. Running has long worked to bring people information about the human impact on global warming and ways individuals can make a difference. This event will be held at the Museum of the Rockies, doors open at 6:00 P.M., with the presentation starting at 6:30 P.M. There will be a reception with hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, October 9th
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 throughout the weekend.

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

10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Face Painting
Jim Bridger Lodge
Face painters from Montana Outdoor Science School will be transforming bird lovers of all ages into their favorite raptor. $3 per face.

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Raptor Identification
Steve Hoffman, Montana Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge
“Identification and Natural History of Montana’s Diurnal Eagles, Hawks & Falcons”. Steve will provide a detailed discussion of the identification and natural history of all 15 relatively common and widespread diurnal raptor species observed along the Bridger Mountain Raptor Flyway each fall.

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Nature Hike
Steve Eshbaugh
Meet in Jim Bridger Lodge
Montana Outdoor Science School
Enjoy a nature walk and learn about our local wildlife, plants and seasonal changes. Make sure you look to the sky for the migrating raptors! Meet in the Jim Bridger Lodge.

11:30 am 12:30 pm: Yellowstone Park’s Raptors
Brad Bulin
Yellowstone Association Institute
Saddle Peak Lodge
Take a look at Yellowstone Park’s raptors, and the unique ecology of the area.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Saddle Peak Lodge
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Adaptations in Owls
Denver Holt
Owl Research Institute
Saddle Peak Lodge
Learn all about Owls from the expert! Founder of the Owl Research Institue at Ninepipes, Denver Holt is both a knowledgable and entertaining speaker.

1:30 pm 2:30 pm: Nature is Gross
Steve Eshbaugh
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet in Jim Bridger Lodge
Join Steve Eshbaugh from Montana Outdoor Science School, on a nature walk exploring some of the more disgusting stories of nature. Meet in the Jim Bridger Lodge.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Birds in Place
Radd Icenoggle
Saddle Peak Lodge
“Rivers of Raptors: Swainson’s Hawk Migration”. Radd will be walking listeners through the extraordinary migration of the Swainson’s Hawk and its associated plight, perils and benefits of this unique raptor.

2:00 pm 2:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Saddle Peak Lodge
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

Sunday, October 10th
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 throughout the weekend.

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

10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Face Painting
Jim Bridger Lodge
Face painters from The Children’s Museum of Bozeman will be transforming bird lovers of all ages into their favorite raptor. $3 per face.

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Raptor Identification
Steve Hoffman, Montana Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge
“Identification and Natural History of Montana’s Diurnal Eagles, Hawks & Falcons”. Steve will provide a detailed discussion of the identification and natural history of all 15 relatively common and widespread diurnal raptor species observed along the Bridger Mountain Raptor Flyway each fall.

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Nature Hike
Steve Eshbaugh
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet in Jim Bridger Lodge
Enjoy a nature walk and learn about our local wildlife, plants and seasonal changes. Make sure you look to the sky for the migrating raptors! Meet in the Jim Bridger Lodge.

11:30 am 12:30 pm: Yellowstone Park’s Raptors
Brad Bulin
Yellowstone Association Institute
Saddle Peak Lodge
Take a look at Yellowstone Park’s raptors, and the unique ecology of the area.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Saddle Peak Lodge
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Birds in Place
Radd Icenoggle
Saddle Peak Lodge
“Rivers of Raptors: Swainson’s Hawk Migration”. Radd will be walking listeners through the extraordinary migration of the Swainson’s Hawk and its associated plight, perils and benefits of this unique raptor.

1:30 pm 2:30 pm: Nature is Gross
Steve Eshbaugh
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet in Jim Bridger Lodge
Join Steve Eshbaugh from Montana Outdoor Science School, on a nature walk exploring some of the more disgusting stories of nature. Meet in the Jim Bridger Lodge.

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

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