Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Jillian's First Program

In Hamilton for the Elementary School, 2003. She did an assembly then posed for an art class, AND starred in a TEDx Talk 2015, "Communication In the Dark." What a star and semi-retired now, sharing programs with Simon and Portia.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Bird Feeder

A Sharp-shinned Hawk in the yard. We had just watched Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and a big flock of Snow Geese landed in the river by the house at 2 am, screaming bloody murder for 30 minutes, then split. Boy, did I have some nice dreams after that!

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Back At It, Finally!

Saturday's program at Lewis & Clark Headquarters, Travelers' Rest State Park in Lolo was way too much fun and a milestone. I had an art display and Powerpoint, then four birds on their best behavior. Nigel the 28-year-old Golden Eagle here with me and finally feeling great after a 4-month-plus illness. I was informed that this was their largest audience ever, topped only by the annual fundraising event. 150 young and old alike, lots of familiar faces and let's do that again.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Tuesday, October 24, 2023


 I started by taking the shade cloth down in the eagle building, filled all the water baths with the hoses then wound them up, extension cord to the Aplomado Falcon building for the heated perch and red lamp. Today's project will be installing clear shower curtains on the buildings, most birds are just fine outdoors all winter if they are out of the wind. Other birds are spoiled rotten.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Labs Day

 Here is Mack, Ben, Nico and Mose on a beautiful Sunday, a Pat Johnson visit.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Wow, a Record!

Yesterday's program at Lewis & Clark headquarters, Travelers' Rest State Park was way too much fun! Art Show and Powerpoint, then four birds on their best behavior. Here is our contact Jason "Tano" Mejia with Nigel the Golden Eagle, the bird apparently the older of the two, Tano admitted. A dozen art pieces grace the walls and a packed visitors center. "The most people to ever attend a program" only topped by their Annual Fundraising event. 150 young and old alike, lots of familiar faces and pals. Wow, let's do that again.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Willard Alternative School

Our favorite high school, Willard from Missoula stopped over for a visit. Top is last year with baby Mischa, then yesterday, falcon all grown up.


Tuesday, October 17, 2023


Always love the Aspens! Nigel the Golden Eagle will be joining us at Travelers' Rest this Saturday, and debut program for Little Billie the Saw-whet Owl, plus Portia the Barred Owl, and Sibley the Peregrine. FUN!     And a little bit of medical news - after a surgery last week we have found that I do not have cancer! Whew. Time to get back to normal after 5 months plus of illness after that knee surgery. Anesthesia is the culprit, they tell me.


Monday, October 16, 2023

Travelers' Rest Program

This will sure be fun, at the visitor's center and free for everyone! This Saturday at Travelers' Rest in Lolo, Lewis & Clark Headquarters.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

What a Story

Here is a psychic phenomenon - we just had a fun visit by two volunteers from Montana Wild Wings, Jennifer Campbell and Leslie Mathern. They told me it was a fine tribute to name our new Northern Saw-whet owl after the woman that recovered him from the roadside in January, Billie. What? I just made that up and news to me. I installed him in the enclosure and said out loud, "Little Billie, supper's ready" in a British accent. Wow, where did that come from...? Klairvoyant Kate I have been called and wish we could harness this power and use it for good.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Happy Friday the 13th!

A photo from an hour ago, and last night's Happy Freezer full of food! I can't tell you how tenuous the food supply can be sometimes. Keeps me awake at night. But set for a while with game meat, chickens, Coturnix Quail, and the all-important mice. Just bought 300 mice = $280. Yep. That's what we love our Raptor Backers as we are a non-profit publicly-supported organization.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

St. Mary's Lookout

This Red-tail was relaxing in the Bitterroot sun, and that's St. Mary's lookout behind her on the top by the wire. Then a photo of me and Tom up there 20 years ago. On that hike I recall limping a great deal of the way down...oh well. Maybe some day I will be able to do it again, still working on the "new" knee in P.T.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Spider Webs

This morning's walk to feed the birds revealed a sea of spider webs in the grass. I had to dash in and grab my camera and here is one and his web, beautiful! A House Spider? And some Bowl-and-doily Spiders as well, maybe. Those next.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023

First Friday Art Opening

WOW, want to see some birds, about sixty or so? Check out Gallery 709 at that address on Ronan Street in Missoula. It will blow your mind. The show that owner/artist Don Mundt has assembled is called Birdwatchers and he grouped the paintings, prints and sculptures together as "birds of a feather." Wonderful and opening reception with many of the artists tomorrow, Friday from 5 - 9 pm. I have 7 prints, including the debut of the new "Red-tail" drypoint. Also Tom Melhuse, Sally Hickman, Dan DeGrandpre, Connie Murray, Tom Zaditz, Marion Lavery, and (my hero) Stephanie Frostad.   Don even has bird sounds piping through the speakers!  Ornithological Outing for All.   Hasta manyana.