My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house.
Pileated Woodpecker pair in the front yard. New photos nearly every day on our Blog page!
Things are always hopping at the Raptors of the Rockies organization. We're taking care of the birds and maintaining their enclosures, we're conducting raptor programs at local schools and organizations across Western Montana, art is flying out of the studio, we're taking photos and shooting video, we're out in the field birding and/or doing research, and much, much more.
To help you keep up with the flurry of activities happening at Raptors of the Rockies, we're blogging on a more-or-less daily basis and our most recent posts are listed below. Enjoy!
"Terrifying"Posted: Wed, 19 Feb 2020
I packed Jake in the car at 6:00 am on Monday and had the most terrifying drive of a lifetime in a blinding snowstorm - didnít even see a lane or pavement for 85 miles. White-out, ice and 35 mpg. Fortunately no one else was stupid enough to drive in those conditions. Got slightly better and an easy drive home from Spokane, WA - 452 miles total for me. Kit and Tim report that they made it back to Eugene that evening and Jake is settling in nicely, great new digs. And a photo of a Prairie Falcon and Northern Harrier squabble to illustrate the SNOW conditions, unbelievable.
Bye, JakePosted: Tue, 18 Feb 2020Little Jake the Peregrine who joined us as a baby in July is now a resident of the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon. He has had health issues from the start and may need surgery on one foot, so Director Kit Lacey and staff will care for him, a hospital and veterinarian on site. Very fine facility! We met up in Spokane, Washington yesterday and Jake was at his new home at dark. More news about that drive next...whew.
Today at Fort OwenPosted: Sun, 16 Feb 2020Thanks Becky Peters for this snapshot from today's program. Look at those kids with Owen the Owl!
Our Favorite RodentPosted: Tue, 11 Feb 2020This Red Squirrel rules the roost, and here he is flying through the aspen trees in the front yard. (The bird feeder is the target!)
Next Saturday!Posted: Sat, 08 Feb 2020
Fort Owen Ranch and State Park, Stevensville - from 10am - 3 pm. Kids invited, come one come all. An event for out-of-door enthusiasts with booths, food, and a Raptors of the Rockies presentation at 2 pm. Archery, fly fishing, shooting, horsepacking, the works. In the big barn right off Eastside Cut-off Road. FREE!
Finally the Snow!Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2020Just now, and update on Jake - more permit hoops to jump through, and waiting on the weather, so he'll be with us a while longer.
Little Jake Off To OregonPosted: Thu, 06 Feb 2020Our young Peregrine Falcon Little Jake is here in the office. This weekend he will be joining the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon. I am meeting Director Kit Lacey in Spokane for the transfer, off the Falconry license and on an Education permit. Health issues and more news on the way. We are all delighted!
JeopardyPosted: Wed, 05 Feb 2020We are HUGE Jeopardy fans and last night the Final Jeopardy Category was "World Mammals." I was correct even before I heard the question and what are the chances of this? I shouted out, "Platypus." After the advertisement the question was announced - "A drawing of it by John Hunter, naturalist & governor of New South Wales, published in 1802 labels it Ornithorhyncus Paradoxus." "What is a duck-billed platypus."
I was correct, and crazy to get that correct with 5,416 species of mammals from which to choose! On my way to buy a lottery ticket. Just kidding.
TodayPosted: Mon, 03 Feb 2020
Sibley TodayPosted: Tue, 28 Jan 2020