Yellowstone invites visitors to take part in Hayden Valley Hawk Watch

Celebrate the spectacle of raptor migration in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley on Sunday, September 21. Join education ranger and raptor enthusiast Katy Duffy to watch and learn about raptors, their ecology, and their migration strategies.

If visitors would like to learn some raptor identification tips, they may begin the day with Duffy at 9 a.m. at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center for a 45-minute presentation involving the mounted raptors on display there.  Afterwards, participants may travel to the park’s famed Hayden Valley to observe and learn about the raptors that flow through Yellowstone each fall, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.

For the field portion of the tour, visitors are invited to 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 sandwich board indicating the program location and a uniformed ranger with a spotting scope will be on scene.  Participants are reminded to bring a lawn chair for comfortable raptor viewing.

Observation of raptors will occur from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 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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