As part of International Hawk Migration Week, Steve Hoffman, raptor expert and former executive director of Montana Audubon, will teach a field identification class for all skill levels on Friday, Sept. 22.
The day after, on Saturday, Sept. 23, Hoffman will lead a field trip to the Golden Eagle Migration Survey study site near Duck Creek Pass in the Big Belt Mountains near Townsend. Participants will practice identifying raptors, with GEMS observers, for several hours on Saturday.
Raptors likely to be encountered include: golden eagle, sharp-shinned hawk, rough-legged hawk, red-tailed hawk, and American kestrel. Seventeen species have been observed at the site.
GEMS is a cooperative effort between the Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Audubon and Last Chance Audubon.
For more information or to register, log on to http://mtaudubon.org/event/raptor-identification-class-field-trip, contact Montana Audubon at 406-443-3949 or email email@example.com.