Roger's Pass Raptor Migration | Lincoln, Montana
From Missoula, head east on Highway 200 until you reach Roger's Pass.
From Great Falls, head west on Highway 200 until you reach Roger's Pass,or follow south to Wolf Creek and take Highway 287 north to Highway 200 and turn west at Bowman’s Corner.
From Helena. follow Highway 279 (Lincoln Road) over Flesher pass. Turn right at the intersection with Highway 200 or or follow I-15 northeast to Wolf Creek and from there follow Highway 287 north to Highway 200 and turn west at Bowman’s Corner.
Overview of this Wildlife Watching Landscape
Roger's Pass is one of the nations most active raptor migration routes, particularly for golden eagles.
Westerly winds and thermals along the Rocky Mountain Front bring birds north during the spring, where they find Columbian ground squirrels, and winter killed carrion and migrating waterfowl in abundance, but between September and November their numbers peak during the fall migration and golden eagle numbers peak during the third week of October.
In 2003, Rogers Pass saw an average 41 raptors fly over the pass.
If you visit the area to view the birds and plan to hike off-road on the trails along the top of Rogers pass, be sure not to disrupt the researchers who are in the area every year to trap and band the raptors.
Places and Pointers for Viewing
Watch from the pullouts or hike the Continental Divide Trail north or south from Rogers Pass.
Type of Wildlife Often Seen
- Golden Eagles
- Bald eagles
- Sharp-shinned hawks
- Red-tailed hawks
- Rough-leggged hawks
- Cooper's Hawks
- Northern Goshawks
- Northern Harriers
Best Seasons and Months for Viewing
September to mid November (but try not to disrupt the researchers who are in the area every year)