Winter Birds of Prey

January 23rd, 2012 by HTL

A wildlife course titled “Winter Birds of Prey” is offered by the Glacier Institute on Saturday, January 28th. This is a day-long program.

Join Denny Olson (a.k.a. Critterman) on this birder’s winter adventure. After a short introductory session at Flathead Valley Community Collage the group will head out in the Glacier Institute vehicle along the back roads of the Flathead Valley searching for raptors. Spend the day learning to differentiate ages and plumages of Bald and Golden Eagles, the color morphs of Red-tailed Hawks (Western, rufous, dark, and Harlan’s) and Rough-legged Hawks. We will also be looking for Snowy Owls, Great-horned, Long-eared, Short-eared, and Pygmy Owls. An occasional short hike is likely during this day of touring.

The Glacier Institute serves adults and children as an educational leader in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem with Glacier National Park at its center. Emphasizing outreach and field based learning experiences; the non-profit Institute provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area’s ecology and its interaction with people. Marking its 29th year of educational programs, The Glacier Institute is a long-time partner with Glacier National Park, the Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Flathead Valley Community College. The Institute offers family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs.

To register and gain more information on the Winter Birds of Prey course call  (406) 755-1211. The course fee is $65.

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