The annual Bridger Raptor Festival was held this past weekend, October 7-8, at the Bridger Bowl ski area in Bozeman, MT. The popular event coincides each year with the largest known golden eagle migration in the United States. Yellowstone National Park is also home to a wide variety of raptors (some of which use the park only during migration). These impressive birds of prey play a key role in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The festival was highlighted by kid-friendly nature activities, walks and talks. And of course a raptor festival wouldn’t be the same without actual raptors. A number of live birds were on display from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center including hawks, owls, and a vulture (these are education raptors that were injured and unable to return to the wild).
Yellowstone Forever was a proud participant and sponsor of the festival this year. Our Institute staff were there offering a nature journaling activity and had animal tracks and skulls out for visitors to try and guess which animal they belonged to.
We were honored to be involved with the Raptor Fest once again alongside so many fantastic organizations.