Public Invited to Brown-Bag Luncheon Presentation with Live Raptors from Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center

 West Glacier, MT –  Glacier National Park is celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the importance birds play  in the park and area ecosystems. The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park is hosting a brown bag luncheon presentation with Lisa Bate, Glacier National Park wildlife biologist, and Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center, a wildlife rehabilitation organization in Northwest Montana. The presentation will be held on Thursday, April 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the park’s Community Building in West Glacier. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Homer is a great gray owl. He is the star of Wild Wings' education programs. Photo Courtesy Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center

Bate will explore the significance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and explore why over 150 organizations have joined entities like National Geographic and the National Audubon Society to celebrate birds throughout 2018, the “Year of the Bird.” Bate will also discuss Glacier National Park’s golden eagle migration monitoring program.

Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center will join the program with special raptor guests from the center. Volunteers will highlight the wildlife rehabilitation work done by Montana Wild Wings as well as showcase several species of hawks and owls. The public will have an opportunity for questions and conversations with researchers and volunteers during and following the program.

Duke is a peregrine falcon whose wing was amputated after colliding with a building window. Photo courtesy Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center.

The Year of the Bird is a year-long celebration of birds and marks the significance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, signed in 1918. Organizations like the National Park Service have joined with the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, Bird Life International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to celebrate birds and teach the public how to take actions to protect birds and their habitats.

Visit the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center events page for more information on this summer’s brown bag series and other learning opportunities.