Bridger Raptor Festival Bridger Raptor Festival
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Schedule of 2019 Events click on times for more information

Please, No Dogs. Raptors can spot prey from a mile away! We will have live birds inside and outside of the lodges during this event.
Friday, October 4
6:30pm: Kick-Off Event at The Ellen Theatre
Sky Migrations
Short Film / Q & A with Adam Richardson, Bridger Mountains Hawk Watch

Live Bird Presentation
Montana Raptor Conservation Center

Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. A network of volunteers and biologists stand on remote mountaintops ready to document each pulse of the migration by collecting data that may arms us with the means to better understand the health and wellbeing of these wayward fliers and the landscapes that sustain them. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he follows their migration, and shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

Founded in 1988, Montana Raptor Conservation Center has a mission to improve the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education, and partnerships for raptor conservation and research.

6:30 pm at the The Ellen Theatre FREE.

Saturday, October 5
10:00am - 3:00pm
Bridger Bowl Doors Open
Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge

Live Birds, Family Activities, Nature Walks, Ridge Hikes and Lectures both days. Food, Beverage and Bridger Bowl Season Pass, Snowsports, Rental/Retail and Administration Offices will be open throughout the weekend.

10:00am - 3:00pm
Exhibitors
Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge

• Custer Gallatin National Forest
• GCC Trident Plant
• Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
• Montana Audubon
• Montana Raptor Conservation Center
• Montana Outdoor Science School
• Montana Raptor Conservation Center
• Montana Wilderness Association
• Museum of the Rockies
• Front Range Birding
• Sacajawea Audubon
• Yellowstone National Park Service
• Zoo Montana

10:00am - 3:00pm: Live Birds
Jim Bridger Lodge Deck

Come meet the Ambassador birds from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

10:00am - 3:00pm: Face Painting
Saddle Peak Lodge

Face painters from Zoo Montana will be transforming bird lovers of all ages into their favorite raptor. $3 per face.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Build a Nifty Nest Box
Sacajawea Audubon Society
Jim Bridger Lodge First Floor

Join Sacajawea Audubon members as they assist you to build a Kestrel or a Chickadee Nest Box. If you decide to purchase the boxes (Kestrel Box for $40 or a Chickadee Box for $15) we will give you instructions on where to hang the bird nest box and how to monitor and maintain the box.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Binocular Target Blitz
Sacajawea Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge Deck

Binoculars come in handy when taking a close look at the raptors that migrate using the Bridger Ridge and other wildlife. Sacajawea Audubon Society will help you learn how to use the binoculars. Find the word on each target and win a prize.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Tools of the Trade
Zoo Montana
Saddle Peak Lodge

Learn about the forms and functions of different bird beaks. Zoo Montana will provide a variety of tools for you to try your bird beak skills. Complete the tasks and win a prize.

10:00am 3:00pm: Wildlife Olympics
Yellowstone National Park
Outdoors

Test your skills and compare your abilities with those of animals in Yellowstone. How far can you jump? How well can you see and smell? Take part in the Yellowstone Wildlife Olympics anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

10:00am 3:00pm: Migration Challenge
Sacajawea Audubon
Outdoors

Take the Great Migration Challenge and explore the hazards and helpers that raptors face on their migratory journeys. Find the Great Migration Challenge Game outdoors anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

10:00am 3:00pm: Bear Safety Education
Custer Gallatin National Forest
Outdoors

Grizzly bears and black bears are present across much of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, learn how to use bear spray with our charging bear simulator.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Sketch–a–Bird
Andrew Guttenberg
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th Floor
Sacajawea Audubon

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Join Andrew Guttenberg, with Sacajawea Audubon, as he gives you a step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Raptor vs Raptor
Museum of the Rockies
Saddle Peak Lodge 3rd Floor

Learn about the connection between dinosaurs and modern raptors through MOR's hands on teaching materials.

10:30am - 11:30am: Raptor Identification
Amy Seaman
Montana Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge, 3rd Floor

"Identification and Natural History of Montana's Diurnal Eagles, Hawks & Falcons". How many times have you looked at a hawk and wondered what species you were observing? Join Montana Audubon's Amy Seaman to learn identification tricks of our 15 most commonly observed diurnal raptor species.

10:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm: Family Nature Walk
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge

Learn about the habitats and behaviors of raptors and other montanimals.

12:00pm - 12:45pm and 2:00pm - 2:45pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th floor

Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.

Saturday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: OKTOBER FEST
Jim Bridger Lodge

Beer, food and live music.

Sunday, October 6
10:00am - 3:00pm
Bridger Bowl Doors Open
Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge

Live Birds, Family Activities, Nature Walks, Ridge Hikes and Lectures both days. Food, Beverage and Bridger Bowl Season Pass, Snowsports, Rental/Retail and Administration Offices will be open throughout the weekend.

10:00am - 3:00pm
Exhibitors
Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge

• Custer Gallatin National Forest
• GCC Trident Plant
• Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
• Montana Audubon
• Montana Raptor Conservation Center
• Montana Outdoor Science School
• Montana Raptor Conservation Center
• Montana Wilderness Association
• Museum of the Rockies
• Front Range Birding
• Sacajawea Audubon
• Yellowstone National Park Service
• Zoo Montana

10:00am - 3:00pm: Live Birds
Jim Bridger Lodge Deck

Come meet the Ambassador birds from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center

10:00am - 3:00pm: Face Painting
Saddle Peak Lodge

Face painters from Zoo Montana will be transforming bird lovers of all ages into their favorite raptor. $3 per face.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Build a Nifty Nest Box
Sacajawea Audubon Society
Jim Bridger Lodge First Floor

Join Sacajawea Audubon members as they assist you to build a Kestrel or a Chickadee Nest Box. If you decide to purchase the boxes (Kestrel Box for $40 or a Chickadee Box for $15) we will give you instructions on where to hang the bird nest box and how to monitor and maintain the box.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Binocular Target Blitz
Sacajawea Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge Deck

Binoculars come in handy when taking a close look at the raptors that migrate using the Bridger Ridge and other wildlife. Sacajawea Audubon Society will help you learn how to use the binoculars. Find the word on each target and win a prize.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Tools of the Trade
Zoo Montana
Saddle Peak Lodge

Learn about the forms and functions of different bird beaks. Zoo Montana will provide a variety of tools for you to try your bird beak skills. Complete the tasks and win a prize.

10:00am 3:00pm: Wildlife Olympics
Yellowstone National Park
Outdoors

Test your skills and compare your abilities with those of animals in Yellowstone. How far can you jump? How well can you see and smell? Take part in the Yellowstone Wildlife Olympics anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

10:00am 3:00pm: Migration Challenge
Sacajawea Audubon
Outdoors

Take the Great Migration Challenge and explore the hazards and helpers that raptors face on their migratory journeys. Find the Great Migration Challenge Game outdoors anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

10:00am 3:00pm: Bear Safety Education
Custer Gallatin National Forest
Outdoors

Grizzly bears and black bears are present across much of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, learn how to use bear spray with our charging bear simulator.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Sketch–a–Bird
Andrew Guttenberg
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th Floor
Sacajawea Audubon

Drawing birds is a wonderful way to make yourself look more carefully at nature. Join Andrew Guttenberg, with Sacajawea Audubon, as he gives you a step-by-step demonstrations and details about drawing birds.

10:00am - 3:00pm: Raptor vs Raptor
Museum of the Rockies
Saddle Peak Lodge 3rd Floor

Learn about the connection between dinosaurs and modern raptors through MOR's hands on teaching materials.

10:30am - 11:30am: Raptor Identification
Amy Seaman
Montana Audubon
Saddle Peak Lodge, 3rd Floor

"Identification and Natural History of Montana's Diurnal Eagles, Hawks & Falcons". How many times have you looked at a hawk and wondered what species you were observing? Join Montana Audubon's Amy Seaman to learn identification tricks of our 15 most commonly observed diurnal raptor species.

10:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm: Family Nature Walk
Montana Outdoor Science School
Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge

Learn about the habitats and behaviors of raptors and other montanimals.

12:00pm - 12:45pm and 2:00pm - 2:45pm: Live Raptor Presentation
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Saddle Peak Lodge 4th floor

Meet the raptors and learn about the unique and interesting behaviors of native Montana birds of prey. Investigate raptor artifacts including feet and feathers.