Yellowstone visitors invited to watch raptors in Hayden Valley

Bald eagles are among the many species of raptors that can be spotted in Yellowstone National Park.

Neil Mishler / USFWS

Bald eagles are among the many species of raptors that can be spotted in Yellowstone National Park.

A Yellowstone National Park ranger will discuss raptors, their ecology and migration strategies this weekend in a free presentation followed by a field trip to the Hayden Valley.

Yellowstone ranger and raptor enthusiast Katy Duffy will lead a 45-minute discussion on raptors at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.

Following the discussion, visitors are invited to travel to the park’s famed Hayden Valley to observe and learn about the raptors that flow through Yellowstone each fall as part of their seasonal migration patterns.

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 this turnout will have a sign indicating the program location. Also look for a uniformed ranger with a spotting scope.

Raptor-watching will continue form 11 a.m. through 2 p.m.

Both programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, please call Katy Duffy at 307-344-2296.

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