2012 Bridger Raptor Count, The Inside Story
Join Sacajawea Audubon January 14th for a presentation by Bret Davis on the inside story on the 2012 Bridger Ridge Raptor Count. Bret Davis and Kalon Baughan camped on the Bridger Ridge from September 1 to November 5 this past fall and systematically counted all the raptors that migrated through. Both hawkwatchers are avid birders and naturalists. Bret is a physics student in the graduate school at MSU and Kalon is a wildlife illustrator and works on wolverine conservation.
During the study, they counted 2,822 birds of prey among 17 species, with the greatest numbers being Golden Eagles. More Golden Eagles (over 1,400) were counted at Bridger Ridge this year than any other hawk-watch site in the US. This season was also a record year for Peregrine Falcons and had high counts of Broad-winged Hawks and American Kestrels.
The Sacajawea Audubon Society meets the second Monday of the month (September through May) at 7:00 p.m., at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th) in Bozeman. We invite the public to attend our meetings and participate in our field trips.