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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. 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.




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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!

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Raptor Ranch
Posted: Sun, 23 Jun 2024

 Nigel and Sonny on the right, house/studio/garage on the left, and Tree Swallow flying by front and center.


Friday
Posted: Sat, 22 Jun 2024

 Raptors And Art Camp concludes with the students making portfolios of all of their drawings and paintings, and group shot with the paper mache creations. Great Horned and Snowy Owls, an Aplomado Falcon, two Turkey Vultures and a bunch of Saw-whet Owl Little Billy's. Oh, and one Little Lilly. The best kids ever this year!


MAM Rules!
Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2024

This week we celebrate year 21 for Raptors And Art Camp at the Missoula Art Museum, with Bev Glueckert. Two days of drawing our models, then paper mache raptors then printmaking Friday. Plus this was program number 1900 for me since Raptors of the Rockies was invented in 1988!



One More Monotype
Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2024

 From Deborah's and my weekend camping trip. Makes me want to try that again.




Monotype
Posted: Sun, 16 Jun 2024


A Friend on Facebook suggested that I go outside, a plein air landscape river painting. Probably not what she had in mind but a monotype of Rock Creek from the 1980's. Deborah Mitchell and I loaded up the printing press in the Subaru and spent a weekend en plein air, up Rock Creek and back on Flint Creek. It is like fingerprinting for adults, sepia ink on white plexiglass and run through the printing press which is pulled out from a shelf in the back, legs screwed in and one person holding the press down so we get a firm run. We might have made this up...HA!


New Etching!
Posted: Fri, 14 Jun 2024


Just the first one painted today and running 4 more prints tomorrow. 8" x 12" Drypoint etching with gouache paint - "Barred Portrait." Fun!


 


My Original Hobby
Posted: Wed, 12 Jun 2024

 My brother just sent this photo of me as a scuba diver when I was two years old in California.  HA!



Trip to New York
Posted: Sun, 09 Jun 2024

This letter was mailed 10 miles from here, over two weeks ago, and enjoyed a cross country trip to Mid Island, New York. I love that:  (State of MT (Montana))  

And my brother Jon and I fishing in Michigan when we lived in Saint Louis as kids. What a haul!!!


New Birds!
Posted: Fri, 07 Jun 2024

Man, we have some new residents now like Cedar Waxwings (here) and Brown-headed Cowbirds. And tons of Bullock's Orioles even feeding at the hummingbird feeders, one Western Tanager, and American Goldfinches galore. Finally, and my absolute favorites - House Wrens! Can't go down to the river now for eagle shots with the bridge out but maybe there is a way...?




Floating Bridge
Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2024

Tom and I got the bridge across the slough out - the water way up and floating, tethered to a pole. We used a come-along, pry bar, and two wheel drive pickup truck! Took an hour+  but WE DID IT! Sometimes the water completely covers that island across the slough, river roaring. It is always a trick figuring out how to re-install the bridge in July. One time we tricked a bunch of people that came to see the birds. Actually, they volunteered...






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