The Bridger Raptor Festival is an annual event held October 5 & 6 at Bridger Bowl.

The festival, which is free to the public, centers around the largest known Golden Eagle migration in the United States. Since 1991 a raptor migration count has taken place every fall at the Bridger Bowl ski area in the Gallatin National Forest just north of Bozeman.

Festival activities center around raptor viewing and include nature walks and talks, educational and entertaining programs and activities for people of all ages.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, October 4

  • 6:30 p.m.: Kick-Off Event at The Ellen Theatre
  • Sky Migrations. Short Film and Discussion featuring Charles Post & Max Lowe
  • Live Bird Presentation from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center
Saturday, October 5
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bridger Bowl Doors Open. Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Exhibitors - Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Live Birds - Jim Bridger Lodge Deck
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Face Painting - Saddle Peak Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Build a Nifty Nest Box - Sacajawea Audubon Society - Jim Bridger Lodge - First Floor
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Binocular Target Blitz - Sacajawea Audubon - Saddle Peak Lodge Deck
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Tools of the Trade - Zoo Montana - Saddle Peak Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Wildlife Olympics - Yellowstone National Park - Outdoors
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Migration Challenge - Sacajawea Audubon - Outdoors
  • 10:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m. - Bear Safety Education - Custer Gallatin National Forest - Outdoors
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Sketch–a–Bird - Andrew Guttenberg - Saddle Peak Lodge - 4th Floor - Sacajawea Audubon
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. -  Raptor vs Raptor - Museum of the Rockies - Saddle Peak Lodge - 3rd Floor
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -  Raptor Identification - Amy Seaman - Montana Audubon - Saddle Peak Lodge - 3rd Floor
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. -  Family Nature Walk - Montana Outdoor Science School - Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. -  Live Raptor Presentation - Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center - Saddle Peak Lodge - 4th floor
  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. OKTOBER FEST - Beer, food and music - Jim Bridger Lodge

Sunday, October 6

  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Bridger Bowl Doors Open - Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Exhibitors - Saddle Peak Lodge and Jim Bridger Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Live Birds - Jim Bridger Lodge Deck
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m .- Face Painting - Saddle Peak Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Build a Nifty Nest Box - Sacajawea Audubon Society - Jim Bridger Lodge - First Floor
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Binocular Target Blitz - Sacajawea Audubon - Saddle Peak Lodge Deck
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Tools of the Trade - Zoo Montana - Saddle Peak Lodge
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Wildlife Olympics - Yellowstone National Park - Outdoors
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Migration Challenge - Sacajawea Audubon - Outdoors
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Bear Safety Education - Custer Gallatin National Forest - Outdoors
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Sketch–a–Bird - Andrew Guttenberg - Saddle Peak Lodge - 4th Floor - Sacajawea Audubon
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Raptor vs Raptor - Museum of the Rockies - Saddle Peak Lodge - 3rd Floor
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -  Raptor Identification - Amy Seaman - Montana Audubon - Saddle Peak Lodge - 3rd Floor
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Family Nature Walk - Montana Outdoor Science School - Meet on the deck in front of the Jim Bridger Lodge
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. -  Live Raptor Presentation - Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center - Saddle Peak Lodge - 4th floor

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