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Naturalist Field Day: Snow Geese Migration at Freezout Lake

March 27, 2023 @ 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

$70 – $75

Date: Monday, March 27
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Montana Natural History Center, where we will get on the bus to drive to Freezout Lake. Due to overwhelming interest, we’ll be taking two buses!

Register here.

Birds by the hundreds of thousands and humans by the handful congregate at Freezeout Lake to celebrate early spring. It’s a wildlife viewing spectacle that for a few days rivals any natural wonder in the world. Tundra swans, snow geese, and 200 other migrating species start in mid-March as they head to northern destinations for feeding and breeding. The snow geese usually reach Freezout in late March, where they rest up from a nearly 1,000 mile flight from California. Spend an inspiring day watching thousands of migrating snow geese, and other birds, at Freezeout Lake. Trip will be hosted by MNHC Naturalists Ser Anderson and Stephanie Murphy and Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area manager Brent Lonner, a wildlife biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Cost: $70 MNHC members, $75 non-members. You can add your MNHC membership to your order when you check out. Scholarships are available! Please call 406.327.0405 to inquire.


  • Bus leaves from the MNHC parking lot at 7:00 a.m. (120 Hickory St. near McCormick Park) and will return about 6:00 p.m.
  • Mid-morning we’ll meet FWP wildlife biologist Brent Lonner and spend time observing and learning about as many migrating birds as we can!
  • Participants should bring lunch, binoculars, and spotting scopes if they have them, plenty of warm clothes/layers, nature journaling supplies, and camera.
  • MNHC will provide some snacks and additional binoculars, field guides, and spotting scopes.



What’s the refund policy?

The course fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. Humanitix fees are not refundable. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

  • Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.
  • In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.
  • If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.
  • If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.


March 27, 2023
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
$70 – $75
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