Birds of Prey Festival

The 14th Annual Birds of Prey Festival  is a free family event held at Lone Pine State Park — Saturday, September 17th, 2022

Each year, hundreds of people gather at the Lone Pine State Park Visitor Center to see live raptors, learn about birds, and celebrate the long-term beauty, conservation, and ecological health of Northwest Montana. In recent years, we have averaged over 850 participants! Families and individuals of all ages are invited to engage in activities, educational booths and enjoy speakers. The indoor morning sessions are for everyone, and periodic afternoon sessions are training for our Hawk Watch volunteer observers in the Jewel Basin. (We need more observers!) Join us!

Outdoor Educational Booths and FUN Activities: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

(Owl Research Institute, Montana Loon Society, Native Plant Society, Raptors of the Rockies, Glacier Institute, US Forest Service Sally Snag, Nebulosa Photography, River 2 Lake, Flathead Land Trust, Center for Native Plants, Hockaday Museum, and many others)

  • Birding Hikes starting at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
  • Eagle and owl Face Painting starting at 9:00 (by Fancy Face Design)
  • Bird arts and activities for the whole family (Make things to bring home!)
  • Many LIVE hawks and owls from Wild Wings Recovery!

 Family Education / Entertainment Programs:

 8:30 AM  NEW Videos! Flathead Audubon produced “Birds Rock!” , “Bird Trouble” and “Bird Help” (narrated by Professor Avian Guano and featuring beautiful bird video by Birds in Motion)

 10:00 AM   “Who’s That Flying Over?” Aerial Raptor ID tips and tricks by Dan Casey, co-author of Birds of Montana (Identify full-sized raptor silhouettes outdoors and win a prize!)

 11:00 AM   “Owls Through the Lens”  Dr. Kurt Lindsay, Nebulosa Photography, with the back stories of his gorgeous owl photographs

12:00 PM   “Fascinating Falcons”  Kate Davis, Director of Raptors of the Rockies and author of Falcons of North America (with 2 Falcons and a “surprise” owl)

For more information contact the Flathead Audubon Conservation Educator at or Brian Schwartz at Lone Pine State Park at (406) 755-2706 ext 3.