Sunday, June 26, 2022


Yesterday, our host Sarah Velk for the Missoula Public Library program this week and her best pal Nick came over for an excellent afternoon, Nick hamming it up with Mischa. We'll have our first program at the NEW library on Wednesday at 2 pm, and they suggest you get free tickets ahead of time through the web site:

Powerpoint, 2 Falcons and 2 Owls in person.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

More Art Camp

It was Mischa's debut in a classroom, over by the sink in the cubby hole Monday and Tuesday, happy as can be with her toys. And campers peruse the books, David Sibley's latest What It's Like To Be a Bird,  with Sonora and Sibley (back right) as models. Fun.


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Watsons Friends

 Watsons Children's Shelter annual visit and our favorite part - letting the racing pigeons out of the loft!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Big Day

Raptors and Art Camp, three Peregrines, one kestrel, a Burrowing Owl , California Condor, Golden Eagle, Goshawk and a couple Ospreys. Best kids ever, but I always say that. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

MAM Camp Day 2

Missoula Art Museum Kids, Mischa on the left, Sonora the Aplomado on the right, and Sibley the Peregrine right behind me.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Today's Rock Stars!

Our so-far annual visit from "Backstage Pass: Montana," band members and super-fans of the metal rock group Queensryche. Top is their newest incarnation called Operation:Mindcrime with the little falcon. I announced that her name was Jet City Woman, to thunderous "right-ons." (A famous song title, okay? I thought it was hilarious.) When I said that Nigel the Golden Eagle was named for an XTC song, one gal broke out in a beautiful singing voice, "We're only making plans for Nigel." WAY fun.

Ball Toss

Our Black Lab Nico constantly drops tennis balls (or pinecones) at our feet for us to toss. She is now dropping them for Mischa. Go for it, little falcon, 32 days old here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

So Sad

Betsy's birthday, and we always go look at birds with her and Sally Mom, both gone now. Some major tears.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Perry RULES!

Our dear friend, reporter/photographer for Missoulian and Ravalli Republic Newspapers,  Perry Backus had a great visit today, interview for an upcoming story about our program, photos of Maizee and Mischa. He shall retire on Friday and wanted to cover the healing process here with these birds after our human losses, bright future with these Peregrines. Sibley will not similarly retire, and neither will we. Love you, Perry!

Monday, June 6, 2022

Willard School Visit

Cool kids and teachers, Mischa's first program and our 137th school since we began in 1988!


Saturday, June 4, 2022

Bad Idea, Mr. Ground Squirrel

Not the best place to pop up or venture forth, Mr. ex-Columbian Ground Squirrel. This photo is from a few years ago but just happens again. Simone the Red-tailed Hawk hadn't eaten her mice in a few days when I spotted a half eaten squirrel in the corner.  The (Rodent) Darwin Award. HA!!!!!

Friday, June 3, 2022

26 Days and Counting!

Remember that green tub from Halloween?! Filled with candy (and beer, from Ellen Condon!)


Tuesday, May 31, 2022


New Peregrine here and her mom is Sibley's half-sister, The name means "a girl that most people can only dream about." 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

New Bird

Peregrine baby, Sibley's relative and three weeks old today. With a David Sedaris boxed set that she listened to with me on the way back from Butte this morning, and lots of jazz. Here is Theresa and Rospie, checking her out in the Subaru.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Drummond School Today

Drummond School over today for a tour, visit to the beach and eagle nest, and picnic. Congratulations teacher Janet Hauptman for her second-to-last-day before retirement at 41 years, hurray. These kids (and teachers) ROCK!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Paxson Kids!

Our favorite school and today a big art program for the 5th grade with Bev Glueckert helping out, teacher Kim Olson. Here kids with their drawings and smiles - Simon and Sib perching nicely.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Brother Jonathan

We had a memorial service Friday for our younger sister Betsy who passed on April 3rd. Eulogies were by me, Betsy's daughter Frankie, and son Brady, amazing speeches by both. Thank you all that attended, and a wonderful film made by my brother Jonathan - a montage of a hundred Betsy photos starting as a baby through her full life to the end, inspiring music and a heartfelt response by her friends (and family.) Here is Jon sorting through hundreds (thousands) of slides from a collection at Sally Mom's home, boxes will be stored until we have energy to go through these. And then Jon with Maizee today. Such a difficult time and hopefully easier, some day.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

White-crowns In the Yard

Every spring I hear a bird song and try to remember the species. A few weeks a flock of these guys showed up and rather than stalking them through the woods, I got this photo in the driveway! White-crowned Sparrow song according to the Sibley Guide: a lazy feee odi-odi zeeeee zaaaa zooo. HA!

Friday, May 13, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant

A Phixture in the Phront yard, doing his mating thing.


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Mothers Day

    • My first Mothers Day without my Sally Mom, watching Peregrine up the Blackfoot every year. Her Blue Jay card!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Crane At the MAM

My Sandhill Crane sculpture is currently living in the lobby of the Missoula Art Museum until October for the Big Show, Contemporary Folk Animals. Guess who else is in the show? My Mentor, the late Bill Ohrmann!

Friday, May 6, 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Danica the Rehab Raven

We just had a new friend Danica drop off some meat for the birds, so I gave her this card of our rehab Raven and my sculpture in the yard, circa 2006.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Friday Night Beach Party

Watching the Bald Eagle nest through the scope from the house, I knew they were feeding young this week. It's just about the end of that view, with the cottonwood leaves starting to pop. The nest is just above my name, seen from the riverbank. Imagine my delight when two young showed their faces, then a third! This is the fourth time for three chicks since the nest was built in 2011. What fun this will be.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

ZACC Events

Zootown Arts Community Center at 216 W. Main, downtown Missoula has hosted our art show,  "Women Celebrate Birds" this month. Eleven artists are featured, many different mediums, and birds of all kinds! I have 6 etchings, and check it out. Especially now with Jazzoula back live! The ZACC showroom will be the jazz hot spot from Thursday through Sunday, our bird show next door. So Birds and Art and Jazz, who could ask for anything more?!!

Friday, April 22, 2022

Our Local Lone Rock

Lone Rock Elementary, just down the road and the whole 2nd grade today with teacher Julie Bachman. Top: Maizee was a star, perched for the Junior Zoologists, then group shot with the Penguin (sculpture) and Nico the dog. Earth Day hats on the kids!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Lion on the Piano

 Mom had this featured in her house for 25 years. 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Yes and Yep

Yes it is snowing right now and yep, six Wood Ducks hanging under the bird feeder every day, for a little while longer - Tom's nesting box near-by. Nico the Dog likes to watch them from her bench on the porch, along with pheasants, turkeys and California Quail. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Easter Basket

Our Florence Friends, Pals down the road - Cary and Ellen offered this wonderful Easter Basket and how appropriate. Chocolate!

Monday, April 11, 2022

Nature Therapy

 Needed some of that and yesterday with Tom and Nico the Dog. It was one week since Betsy passed, and she loved Cranes, very fitting.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Hanging In There

Just barely, and at least this Pileated in the driveway cheered us up!