Golden eagles

Bird watchers will converge in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley on Sunday to learn about raptors.

Visitors are invited to celebrate the spectacle of raptor migration in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley with Yellowstone Raptor Initiative volunteer Katy Duffy on Sunday.

The Hayden Valley Hawk Watch is a spectacular opportunity to observe and learn about raptors, their ecology and their migration strategies.

Participants will start the day at 9 a.m. at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center for a 45 minute presentation about raptor identification tips. Afterward, enthusiasts will travel to the Hayden Valley to look for and learn about raptors that fly through Yellowstone each fall.

For the field portion of the day, participants will meet at 11 a.m. at a turnout located 6.6 miles south of Canyon Junction and nine miles north of Fishing Bridge Junction. Each end of the turnout will have a sandwich board that indicates the program location. A uniformed ranger with a spotting scope will also be present. Participants may want to bring a lawn chair, water, snacks and binoculars. Observations will occur from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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