The Bridger Raptor Festival is an annual event held in early October in and around Bozeman, Montana. 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. Activities include a Wildlife Film Festival, interpretive programs with live raptors, nature walks and talks, face painting, storytelling, education and entertainment programs for people of all ages.
The annual event gets underway at 7 p.m. Friday at the Museum of the Rockies with a presentation by keynote speaker Marco Restani, director of conservation for Montana Audubon. Action shifts to Bridger Bowl Saturday and Sunday for raptor viewing, lectures, nature walks, and educational activities.
Bridger Bowl Ski Area
15795 Bridger Canyon Road
The Bridger Raptor Festival is hosted by the Sacajawea Audubon Society, Museum of the Rockies, the Bridger Bowl Foundation, Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, Montana Outdoor Science School, Yellowstone Forever, and Yellowstone National Park.