Eyes on the Skies: Results of the 23rd Bridger Raptor Migration Count
presented by Hawkwatch International Founder, Steve Hoffman and field researchers, Bret Davis & Kalon Baughan.
Monday November 11th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th) in Bozeman
The Bridger Ridge provides viewing of the largest Golden Eagle migration in the lower 48 states. Data obtained over the last 23 years has provided scientists with important information about trends in raptor populations. As well as providing the latest results and amazing photos of raptors, Bret and Kalon will share the experiences they had, living on top of Bridger Bowl for three months!
Thanks to the generous support of Sacajawea Audubon Society and other supporters, September 1st marked the start of the 23rd consecutive season of raptor migration research along the crest of the Bridger Mountains. These majestic birds use the energy-saving updrafts created by strong winds along the crest of the Bridgers to migrate south, often within close proximity to the viewing platform. The long-term data collected at the Bridger site helps scientists learn more about raptor migration patterns as well as regional and continental raptor population trends.
Funding for the 2013 count was provided by the USDA Forest Service (Gallatin National Forest), NaturEner USA (a wind power company with multiple projects in western Montana), Sacajawea Audubon Society (Bozeman-based Audubon chapter), and individual Montana Audubon donors.
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.