On Sunday, September 20, visitors can join Yellowstone Raptor Initiative volunteer Katy Duffy celebrate the spectacle of raptor (bird of prey) migration in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley. The Hayden Valley Hawk Watch is a great opportunity to watch and learn about raptors, their ecology, and their migration strategies.

At 9:00 a.m., visitors can start the day at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center for a 45-minute presentation to learn some raptor identification tips utilizing the mounted raptors on display. Afterwards, participants may travel to the park’s famed Hayden Valley to observe and learn about the raptors that flow through Yellowstone each fall.

For the field portion of the tour, visitors should meet at 11:00 a.m. at the turnout 6.6 miles south of Canyon Junction and 9 miles north of Fishing Bridge Junction. Each end of the turnout will have a sandwich board indicating the program location and a uniformed ranger with a spotting scope will be on scene. Participants may want to bring a lawn chair for comfortable raptor viewing. Observation of raptors will occur from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Katy Duffy at 307-699-2696.