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Executive Director Kate Davis and Sibley the Peregrine, Jaime and Lisa Johnson photo. Executive Director Kate Davis and Sibley the Peregrine, Jaime and Lisa Johnson photo.

Read our paper on chickadee response to various predators, published in Science Magazine, June 24, 2005

Max the 26-year-old Golden Eagle, iPod the Northern Pygmy-owl, and Chesty the Harris's Hawk, flying in the snow.

Kate Davis began life with a love of animals, especially reptiles, and by junior high school in 1973, she was rehabilitating injured and orphaned and mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club. Right away, she began providing educational programs at the zoo and in the community, as well as illustrating their publications and doing taxidermy work for the Zoo Director and the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. After locating to Missoula in 1978, Kate received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982. She moved to a ranch outside of Missoula and obtained the required federal and state rehabilitation, possession, eagle exhibition and falconry permits.

Raptors of The Rockies
With permits in hand, Kate founded Raptors of the Rockies in 1988, educating schools and the public about raptors. Since then, Kate and birds have appeared in 1600 programs for 128,000 audience members young and old alike. She and the birds provide around 50 programs per year across Western Montana and Idaho. Raptors of the Rockies hosted the international Raptor Research Foundation Conference in 2008. Attendees enjoyed five days of papers, symposia, keynotes, workshops, field trips, and a Birds And Art Show at the Monte Dolack Gallery, organized by Kate. In addition, she served as the Chair of the Education Committee for the Raptor Research Foundation for three years, and Conference Chair for another three. She is also the author of four books on raptors with Mountain Press Publishing, and a fifth for Stackpole Books on a Bald Eagle nest that fledged four young. The newest volume is "American Kestrel:Pint-sized Predator" with another one just out that combines photography and humor -"Birds Are People, Too."

Kate is currently caring for fifteen permanently disabled raptors and falconry birds that have been placed on the required permits, including an Aplomado Falcon from The Peregrine Fund. These are the eagles, falcons, hawks and owls that make up the Raptors of the Rockies "teaching team" - an integral part of Raptors of the Rockies programs. Together with Kate, they form the heart and soul of the Raptors of the Rockies educational experience.

The Raptor Ranch
In May of 2001, Raptors of the Rockies moved to all new facilities in a gorgeous setting on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula. New structures and enclosures were constructed, all with the birdsí safety, comfort, and individual needs as our primary concern. All resident birds have exposure to and refuge from the elements, water baths, and a variety of padded perches. Healthy diets mimic what they would eat in the wild: quail, mice, squirrels and game meat.

1988 - 2001
For 13 years Raptors of the Rockies was located on the banks of the Clark Fork River on an original homesteader's ranch. A hundred-year-old log cabin served as the nerve center for the Raptor Ranch, with the original livestock barns, chicken coops and goat pens serving as homes to our birds. Ironically, when those buildings were originally built, the Fish and Game office offered a bounty on many of the species that lived in them.

Please note that we are not a zoo or "sanctuary" and are not open to the public. The ranch is the permanent home to our teaching team of birds. Although we occasionally give tours, they are by invitation only. If you would like to meet the birds, we encourage you attend one of the numerous public programs we conduct every year or contact us about scheduling a program for you or your organization. Also, we do not use or have volunteers, nor do we have employment openings. For injured raptors you may call licensed rehabilitator Pam Broussard at (406) 552-9599.

Raptor Funding
Raptors of the Rockies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) program funded largely by donations, grants, program fees, and a unique "Adopt a Raptor" program. All contributions are tax-deductible. Our funding breakdown for the year:

  • 5% - Program Fees
  • 50% - Donations, Adoptions
  • 44% - Grants
  • 1% - Sales of Merchandise, portion of books proceeds
Raptor Backers
Since 1988, Raptors of the Rockies has benefited from the generosity of hundreds of individuals and public and private organizations. To all of our contributors, past and present, we offer a hearty thank you! It is your generous support that has allowed us to continue our mission of raptor education and we look forward to your continued support.

Board of Directors

  • Kate Davis, Executive Director
  • Kathy Heffernan - Secretary
  • John Heffernan
  • Dale Manning
  • Jennifer Manning

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