Raptors Over Yellowstone

Raptors Over Yellowstone

$168 | Tuition
Dates:
September 21 - 22
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Katy Duffy, M.S.
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Wildlife

Would you like to learn more about raptor identification and ecology? Would you like to see perched and flying raptors to enhance your identification skills? You will first spend classroom time looking at a presentation of images, including perched and flying raptors and their usual habitats, then you will spend hours in the field observing raptors during migration!

About the instructor

Katy Duffy has studied owls, diurnal raptors and other birds in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by banding, surveying and other techniques for more than 35 years. Katy loves to share her knowledge of avian ecology and identification. She worked for the National Park Service as a supervisory education ranger in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks for 32 years. Katy has a M.S. in ecology from Rutgers University.

Testimonials

"This was the second time we (my wife, Carolyn, and I) have taken this course and we will do it again if the opportunity arises. We've enjoyed it that much!" - Geoff, MI

"It is always wonderful to be in the field with Katy. She has so much knowledge and enthusiasm. What a treasure she is." - Connie, GA

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Raptors Over Yellowstone Course Letter

More Information:

We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.