Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Sib and Mose

Sibley noticed a new participant in her flying today, as Mose the puppy joined us for the first time. A little swoop or two, and Mose had no idea. No blood was spilled in the making of the day, including the one duck in the slough.

Sunday, December 4, 2022


I have this imaginary cut-off temperature of 5 degrees for Sonora the Aplomado Falcon to spend the night indoors - spare bedroom, zero for Sibley the Peregrine - just to play it safe. Sonora has two 100 watt red bulbs and a heated perch in her building and all of our birds are out of the wind with clear shower curtains stapled up up. Last night they both joined us inside with negative 6 degrees, brrrr. They have been in the house for about a half dozen nights this season...and it's not even winter yet!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Go Cameroon!

FIFA World Cup tomorrow at noon, Cameroon vs. Brazil! Go Cameroon, my host country in the Peace Corps, a photo from 1983 or '84 as I was in fisheries on the equator. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Team USA!

 Mose crashed by the wood stove, and soccer (football) on the teli.

And THANKS so much to our pal, Raptor Backer Jake Plummer/Shawn Richman!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Terrible Loss

Sadly, Owen our Northern Saw-whet Owl has passed, just as I was mailing out newsletters. He was a Hero/Superstar/ and Favorite during his newly 11 years with us, living at another center that closed before that so age unknown. In his time as a Raptor of the Rockies, Owen thrilled and inspired thousands in 677 formal programs and tours. He often made his little vocalizations for school assemblies and Montana Public Radio, no fear of a Peregrine on a perch near-by, brave! He is so missed and the perfect friend forever.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022


Two young raccoons in the front yard!


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Eagle Building

 With the Bitterroot River, MPG Ranch, snow galore.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Musicians Alert

 Mom's piano has to go in the next week and a half and Dotz Pianos will do the moving.

It's a BEAUT! and I'll meet you over there.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Sewer Dye!

We didn't know if Mom's septic was hooked to the sewer, problems with the paperwork. So we had the Missoula Water System come over for a Septic Dye Test! I imagined a big fat guy with a flashlight, my drawing. Instead some cool folks poured bright red dye in her toilet several times with flushes, and the nice guy down the street with a mirror pointed to see the color announced, "Yes. Sewer." Great idea with the mirror! Never Say Dye.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Clearing Out Mom's House

Anyone want a 1914 baby grand piano?  

How about a 6 foot china hutch.

Or some neck ties?

Saturday, October 22, 2022

MAM Auction

I broke out the gouache paint, iridescent watercolor medium, and Arteza brush pens for my submission to the Missoula Art Museum Auction this year. "Turkey in the Snow" drypoint etching. Hope it is accepted. I have not had much time to be artistic this year...for some reason(!)  but plan to finish one Osprey etching very soon. Here I am using my first painted etching as a reference, trying to remember how I did it in 2019.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Firewood Day

Saw, split, stack, repeat. Thanks to ur best buds Pat Johnson (at the splitter on the right) with John "Hoeman" Witzen and Ryan Hollingsworth with Tom loading the pick-up truck. Hard to believe we will have run a whole log-truck load of fir in the yard through the little wood stove!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Seasons Change

 Taking down the shade cloth at the eagle building. Takes an hour to install, 10 minutes to remove. And just started writing the Raptor Round-Up Newsletter #61, out in November - takes weeks to write, minutes to read! 

Monday, October 17, 2022

Clay Raptors

 What a great day at Missoula's Clay Studio, fine artist's all. There is an arrow pointing to Sib in the background center, and Simon in the sun on the right. Drum roll please...this was Sibley the Peregrine's 700th program!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Sunday at the Clay Studio, Missoula

 Sign up of you can make it!  Kelly @ (406) 543-0509

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Larch Dog

Nico the poser patiently sits by my metal Pheasant sculpture in the front yard for a photo, Western Larch a-turnin'. We planted these 20 years ago and one even had a magpie nest in the top this spring. They sure add bright colors as the needles turn yellow and drop (deciduous conifers, to impress your friends.)

Saturday, October 8, 2022


 Thanks to those that joined us last night at the Artists' Shop, Glenn Parks and Marlies Borchers and family here. I would have posted another reminder yesterday but our internet was out for a few days, courtesy SpeedConnect. Unbelievable. Anyway, up all month!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Artists' Shop Opening

Back to Missoula's finest, the Artists' Shop on N. Higgins downtown! Bev Beck Glueckert displays her printmaking masterpieces, Marlies Borchers her unique ceramic wallhangings, and I have 8 etchings, plus one 6 foot Peregrine sculpture. In the past I have displayed bird photos, and now drypoint prints with the opening reception this "First Friday" from 5 until 8. Up all October.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Nico Tonight

Going through boxes and boxes of photos and memorabilia from Mom's house, this all to discard, and Nico wants to play ball! 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Pals, Mostly

 The same turkey feather as last Sunday!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Neighborhood Nest

Our neighborhood is prime Red-tailed Hawk country, the local pair very vocal, and chicks most years (except last.) I took friends Dan and Sue Varland down to look at the nest, nearly the size of a Volkswagen bug, only to find it crushed on the ground under the host cottonwood tree. Big winds out of the west and nest no more. Thank goodness the chicks had fledged, and hopefully they will rebuild. I love those guys, but they aren't screaming all day long in our yard.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Play Play

Nico is warming up to the idea of a house/playmate

Monday, September 19, 2022

New Family Member

We just picked up the 7 week-old Labrador from our friend Leesa Jones in Stevi.  Tom named him Mose and will take some getting used to, a male dog! What a trip. Nico doesn't quite know what to think, yet.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell

The Bird of Prey Festival this Saturday! Cancelled the last two years with COVID, and back. Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell 8 am- 2 pm. Awesome activities and speakers all day. We are the Keynote at noon, free and open to everyone. Birds and books, beginning with a nice Powerpoint, Peregrine, Aplomado and big owl that starred in a TED Talk. The redux since our keynote in 2013, photos here:

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Smoke Capital of Montana

 Welcome to the beautiful Bitterroot Valley! Yikes.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022


Our friend Gary Matson asked if I could design a logo for Missoula Conservation Roundtable,  and right away I thought of a falcon sculpture I made, hanging on our deck. I won the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award in 2017, the greatest honor of all! Thanks Erick Greene for the nomination and here is what I came up with: