Befrienders Bozeman & Montana Raptor Center
Bozeman is a pretty magical place. In no small part it’s due to people like our new friend, Cami, who was the Executive Director of Befrienders Bozeman, an organization that puts seniors in touch with young folks to bridge the intergenerational gap. Over the course of two days I met a variety of warm and loving seniors for great conversation including one of the best stories ever told.
On Saturday, we also had a chance to go fishing with two Bozeman locals (thank you Linda and Noah!) in Belgrade, Montana. Though I didn’t have any luck, Noah and Linda did. The fish they caught were donated to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center. Lucky for me, Linda took us to the Raptor Center and we were fortunate (very coincidentally) to see a Red Tailed Hawk the Center had been rehabbing for the past two weeks get released into the wild. We had no idea the release was happening, but were very glad to see it and very impressed by the work the Center is doing.
More about Befrienders Bozeman (from their website):
Befrienders is a non-profit program whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by “befriending” our aging population. Due to life transition, physical limitations or other circumstances, seniors may have limited social interaction. Befrienders matches a volunteer and a senior together to spend at least an hour each week doing a variety of activities, such as going out to lunch, playing games or just talking.
Befrienders was established in 1993 and has brought many generations together in a mutually rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and provding life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.
More about Montana Raptor Conservation Center (from their website):
Our mission is to improve the welfare of raptors across Montana through rehabilitation of injured birds, community education, and partnerships for raptor conservation and research.