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Executive Director Kate Davis, cover the the U of M alumni mag, photo by Keith Fialcowitz. Cover in 2017, photo by Kate.
Kate Davis began life with a love of animals and by junior high school in 1973, she was caring for mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club. She provided educational programs at the zoo and in the community, as well as illustrating their publications and doing taxidermy work. After locating to Missoula in 1978, Kate received a degree with honors 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. Kate founded Raptors of the Rockies in 1988, educating schools and the public about raptors and resource conservation. Since then, Kate and birds have appeared in 1885 programs for 140,000 audience members, young and old alike. She has also presented her lively PowerPoint programs across the country from Boston to Seattle, with Chicago, Salt Lake City and Detroit in between.
Raptors of The Rockies
Kate is currently caring for thirteen 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 falcons, eagles, 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. Kate was presented the greatest of honors in 2017 – the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award, only periodically given in Montana. In 2021 Kate won the President's Award from the Raptor Research Foundation, given by outgoing president Libby Mojica. The Biggie - a speaking engagement at the Cincinnati Zoo in April 2023, "Fifty Years as a Junior Zoologist," to the month, and where it all started. She and raptors are celebrating their 37th year of education, no retirement in sight.
The Raptor Ranch
1988 - 2001
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.
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.
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