Sacajawea Audubon

Raptor ID Workshop & Field Trip – Presented by Steve Hoffman

Gyrfalcon - Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Gyrfalcon - Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Presented by: Steve Hoffman, Executive Director, MT Audubon and founder of HawkWatch International

Friday, March 8th - Workshop, 7-9 p.m. Bozeman Public Library

Saturday, March 9th - Field Trip, 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Museum of the Rockies

Have you ever wanted to sharpen your raptor identification skills? If so, this is the workshop for you! On Friday evening Steve will provide a detailed discussion of the identification and natural history of all raptor (e.g., hawks, eagles, falcons, etc.) species wintering in the Gallatin Valley. Steve’s illustrated talk will include a description of the many plumage variations (including subspecies and color forms, as well as age and sex variations) of the more common and observable species. Helpful behavioral clues will also be incorporated. Eagles, falcons and the “buteo” hawks (such as Red-tailed Hawks) will be emphasized. Participants will then go into the field (north of Bozeman) on Saturday to practice their newly-developed skills. Steve’s presentation will be especially valuable for “intermediate” and “advanced” raptor watching enthusiasts, although beginners will also find this workshop quite helpful. The Friday night presentation will start at 7 PM and last till 9 PM, in the Bozeman Public Library’s small conference room.

Saturday morning’s field trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies at 8:30 am, and leave at 8:45. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring any necessary drinks or snacks for this 4-5 hour trip. If you have a spotting scope that you can bring, that would be helpful. There is a $20 fee and 20 person limit for the workshop and field trip. Advance reservation and payment is required.

For more information and to make reservations please call John Parker at 586-5863.

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