Thursday, December 5, 2019

Red-tail and Prey

Look at what this Red-tail stooped on, twice! She pulled up both times way over the cat, who didn't freak out at all and just meandered back to the house through the grass. HA!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Split and Stack, Day 1

Thanks Pat Johnson! Tom and sister Betsy! Money in the bank, sort of.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Sussex School Assembly

Yesterday we were delighted to present a big PowerPoint and three birds to the kids at Sussex. This was at the invitation of our buddy Kim Peterson, 1st-2nd grade and she shares her teaching duties with a man that saw a Raptors program when he was a kid - at Sussex School, probably in that very same room. Pretty cool and thanks Sibley, iPod and Jillian, pros.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Doug Fir Firewood Galore

Thanks to pal Pat Johnson, we are well on the way to stocking up and filling the firewood shed. Splitting and stacking next!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Lenticulars To the North

Flying Sib at One Horse Creek yesterday, we enjoyed these "lens" clouds - lenticular!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

My Clay Sculptures

And Sonora the Aplomado in the house today. Sure hope to make another little one with my clay from last weekend - in the kiln soon.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Clay Studio of Missoula Gig

A first yesterday, and definitely not last - we spent the afternoon with clay creators and lots of fun. We started with a big PowerPoint showing our Raptors program and my art over the ages, then had models Sibley, Simon and Owen, the stars. We'll be back and I even took home some clay of my own!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Merlin in Colorado

A falcon photo taken with Rob Palmer's mirrorless Sony camera last Wednesday as she was hunting sparrows over thousands of cattle in a stockyard in Colorado. I had no idea what I was doing with that 22-frames-a-second outfit, but noticed the moon. Thanks, Rob!      (oops, forgot to include the photo!)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Got Firewood?

We do! Thanks pal John for delivery, Mom as a Christmas present - out by the pigeon loft and sawed up, split and stacked soon...gradually, and thanks Pat.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Conference and Sib Today

Nick and Michelle Dunlop with Dan Varland at the RRF Conference. Plus - after languishing in her building for a week with no flights, poor Sib today....HA!

Monday, November 11, 2019

HOME From the Conference

Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. Home safe and sound after a 4 hour workshop Wednesday on Raptor Photography with Nick Dunlop and Rob Palmer. Now we work on our New! and Revised! Falcons of North America book. Great fun!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November Two

Flying Sib today and a little break as I head to the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado next week. And what it takes to line out the food for that time I'm gone, Tom taking good care of the birds. Mice, quail, meat.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Snowy Saturday

My favorite Aspen grove just now and bet they won't turn red this year.

Friday, October 25, 2019


The 2020 calendars are available, and thanks to Pyramid Printing for the fine work! 13-months on heavy buff paper, and nearly every photo taken right here around the Raptor Ranch. 100% of proceeds goes to our program and the old-fashioned way - checks in the mail, or I can drop some off for you. Always have some in my car!
$20 + $5 shipping     checks to Raptors of the Rockies,  P.O. Box 250, Florence, MT 59833

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Favorite Aspen Grove

I have hundreds of photos of these trees taken over the years on my way back from flying Sibley the Peregrine every day. They usually turn bright red, but some years this is it - freezing weather and leaves blow off in the wind. We'll see.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sunday's Hunt

Nice little hunt on Sunday. All you need is one duck - Mookie, Nico and Sib.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Larch Trees

By the Penguin sculpture, and Pheasant in the background. We planted these about 18 or so years ago, as little babies.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Donate Today!

Make a pledge today to Montana Public Radio, Fall Fundraiser for our favorite radio station, essential to life!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Seeing Double?

A snapshot in the garage, Sibley on a poster, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Calendar.
By the way, our 2020 Raptors of the Rockies Calendar will be ready to order/purchase next week, news on the way.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunday Hunt

Opening day duck hunt for Sib and what? 95 Sandhill Cranes in the Bitterroot! No birds were harmed in the making of this day.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sib Today

And Sonny seems to be recovering nicely, just doesn't like being in a smaller building than his 40 foot enclosure with Nigel. Get over it, Sonny, for a week at least.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sonny the Bald Eagle Surgery

Our hero, Dr. Scott Bovard at Missoula Veterinary performed the removal of a huge growth at the tip of our Bald Eagle's wing today. Sonny joined us as an adult eight years ago, and Dr. Scott over twenty years ago as our vet. Sonny banged that wingtip in the 40 foot enclosure and had a infected ball as big as a lemon, removed with some bone by Scott. Thanks and recovery news on the way.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Snow

As promised and kind of sporadic. Our resident Pheasies in the front yard just now. And Sib flying earlier this week. Two very different seasons, and wish I'd wound up the garden hoses going out to the hawk buildings...yesterday!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pea Green Boat Time Tomorrow

    I'll be back on Montana Public Radio, this time with birds and two guests. Host Annie Garde is the skipper of the Pea Green Boat childrens' programming from 4-5 pm weekdays, and this time we'll have falcons and an owl in the studio.  Little Jake the Peregrine will have his radio debut, and his namesake 8-year-old Jake and his brother Luke Snowden are joining us. Plus iPod the Pygmy-owl and a kestrel. Way fun, and see you tomorrow, Thursday the 26th.In Missoula - 89.1 FM, left of the dial across the state, and streaming live at

Sunday, September 22, 2019

1989 to 2019

My first etching, "A Clockwork Owl" on zinc with nitric oxide.
Now the new one, "Great Horned Owl and Offspring" 9 1/2" x 10 1/2" dry-point on plastic and water-based inks, gouache paints and Arteza Brush Pens -  30 years later exactly!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Little Jake Today

I did a little experiment with Little Jake today when I drove to Missoula to go see my Mom.  He was installed in the back of then Subaru without a hood (!) and he did the whole trip there and back looking out the window. A trip to Rockin Rudy’s to deliver some cards - here with Bruce Micklus, then an hour in Mom’s living room without a peep or any problem. (And yes, Mom has a stuffed Mountain Lion on her piano….gave it to her in my taxidermy days!) What a champ you are, Little Jake.
He has his debut on Montana Public Radio next Thursday the 26th at 4 - 5 pm, and will remind you to tune in, Pea Green Boat with Annie.