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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Montana State Parks News - Region 1

(Kalispell, MT) – In collaboration with Flathead Audubon Society, Lone Pine State Park will host the 12th annual Birds of Prey Festival on Saturday, September 15 from 9am to 1pm.

Join us for Kalispell’s favorite annual bird festival and learn about these amazing raptors.  This year’s festival will be packed with 4 family friendly educational programs, face painting, arts and crafts, and live hawks and owls. After the event, be a citizen scientist and become a Jewel Basin Hawk observer with a free training workshop provided by the Flathead Audubon Society from 1pm to 3pm.  

Birds of Prey Festival Schedule:
10am: “Oddball Birds Stories for Kids and Families” told by Professor Avian Guano
11am: “Montana Owls-Hoots and Toots” by Denver Holt of the Owl Research Center Institute
12am: “Wild Wings Recovery Center Live Birds” 8 different LIVE birds of prey shown by Director Beth Watne
1-3pm: “Citizen Science Hawk Watch Training” for new volunteers by the Flathead Audubon “Jewelers”

Throughout the festival, there will be a variety of activities happening for all ages to enjoy. This FREE event is a great opportunity for the whole family to learn about the life of these mysterious birds. For More information call the park visitor center at (406) 755-2706.

What:  Birds of Prey Festival

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9am to 1pm. Citizen Science Hawk Watch Training from 1pm to 3pm.

Where: Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, MT

Lone Pine State Park is located 5 miles southwest of Kalispell and offers one of the most vivid views of the valley, 7.5 miles of trails, and a beautiful interpretive center that provides information on living in a wildlife urban interface.  Additional amenities include a picnic shelter and a community room, which are both available to rent, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and an archery range. Furthermore, Lone Pine offers a fantastic variety of educational and interpretive programs.

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A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Derrick Rathe
Park Ranger,
Lone Pine State Park
(406) 755-2706, ext. 2