Summer lectures focus on area raptors’ role in Montana’s ecosystems
Returning for another season in 2019, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center (MRCC) invites the public to its Summer Education Series! Join the fun in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater to learn about raptors through hour-long, biology-based education programs. Meet some of the incredible raptors that live above us! At each talk, 3-4 ambassador birds will be featured so attendees can learn about their habits, amazing adaptations, diets, and role in Montana’s ecosystems.
Thanks to series sponsors, the Green family, these lectures are FREE to the public but donations are encouraged to help MRCC ‘Feed the Birds!’ A different topic will be addressed each meeting so repeat attendees always have a chance to learn something new! Wednesday evening lectures will take place from 6–7pm, while Saturday morning talks will unfold from 10–11am. Here’s a look at the summer schedule.
Wed., June 19th – Montana Raptors
Sat., June 22nd – Hawks
Wed., June 26th – Bird Babies (NEW program!)
Sat., June 29th – Falcons (w/ Sac Audubon guest speaker)
Sat., July 6th – Owls
Wed., July 10th – Ecosystem: Prairie
Sat., July 13th – Vultures
Wed., July 17th – Ecosystem: Forest
Sat., July 20th – Owl ID
Wed., July 24th – Raptor ID
Sat., July 27th – Raptor Tools [(eyes, beak, feet) NEW program!]
Wed., July 31st – Conservation
Sat., Aug. 3rd – Dynamic flyers
Wed., Aug. 7th – Migration (w/ Bridger count guest speaker)
Sat., Aug. 10th – Eagles
The weekly talks begin promptly at 6pm on Wednesday and 10am on Saturday. Please give yourself plenty of time to travel – guests are encouraged to carpool. This is an outdoor amphitheater, so do come prepared for Montana weather. Bring blankets to sit on as boulders make up the natural seating. Parking is along a dirt road so wear appropriate footwear. On-site portable restrooms are available. No glass allowed. For the safety of the birds, NO outside animals are allowed at MRCC.
The Montana Raptor Conservation Center is located at 161 Bent Wing Road, just north of Bozeman, off of Springhill Road (about a mile after Riverside Country Club). Their mission is to improve the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education, and partnerships for raptor conservation and research. Learn more at www.montanaraptor.org. •