WHAT: Raptor (hawks, eagles, falcons, harriers, etc.) Identification Workshop (for all skill levels).
This exciting late-summer period is ideal for viewing a diversity and abundance of pre-migratory, staging raptors that often congregate atop the Gravellys to hunt ground squirrels, pocket gophers, voles, grasshoppers & crickets. (Species likely to be encountered: American Kestrels, Prairie Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Northern Harriers, Golden & Bald Eagles & Ospreys).
WHEN: Saturday, August 20th (8:15 AM – 5:00 PM); includes 90-minute classroom instruction, followed by field excursion to the Gravelly Mountains (NO hiking involved; carpooling will be required to minimize the number of vehicles on this fairly narrow gravel road).
WHERE: We will meet at Pronghorn Meadows Clubhouse (3 miles SW of Ennis on the highway to
Virginia City) @8:15 AM. At the conclusion of the classroom session we will arrange carpooling and then drive to the crest of the Gravelly Range, where we will search for soaring raptors that use the abundant updrafts along this high ridgeline.
WHO: Steve Hoffman, Executive Director of Montana Audubon (since 2006), began his career as a
Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Arizona (1978-1980). Steve has authored more than 35 scientific papers on raptors and other wildlife-related topics, and has given hundreds of presentations on raptors to audiences across the U.S. & abroad. Steve has an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University (1979).
COST: $50 for each participant (tax-deductible donation; lunch & snacks will be provided).
QUESTIONS: Call 443.3949, or email [email protected] – space is limited and pre-registration is required – register TODAY! (This field trip will be limited to 20 participants.)