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Birds Are People Too: Humor in the Avian World
By Kate Davis
Photographs by Kate Davis

  • 128 pages
  • 120 photographs
  • 62 Species
  • Published: July, 2016
  • Publisher: Mountain Press
  • Paperback: $18.00
  • When you see a bird diving for a fish, landing on a perch, or singing from a fence post, do you wonder what it s saying or thinking? While staking out nests or waiting for the perfect shot on cold mornings, photographer Kate Davis has wondered plenty. In Birds Are People, Too, she lets her imagination fly with humorous takes on the avian world, from young owls pondering if their parents will really kick them out of the nest to a sleepy robin that awoke too late to get the worm. You ll be entertained and amazed by this extraordinary collection of more than 100 never-before-published action photos of 62 bird species.

    "Kate Davis knows birds, and it s a riot to see that someone as knowledgeable and talented as Kate can t help but anthropomorphize the behaviors of these beautiful and wondrous creatures. This book is a reminder of the beauty of the world, and that we have a kinship with all living things. Our ability to laugh at our condition is what makes us, and our avian friends, special. And hilarious." -- Bill Harley, Grammy Award-winning storyteller, singer, author


    American Kestrel: Pint-Sized Predator
    By Kate Davis
    Photographs by Kate Davis and Rob Palmer

  • 128 pages
  • 100 photographs
  • Published: October, 2014
  • Publisher: Mountain Press
  • Paperback: $18.00
  • Incredible photography is the centerpiece of this book and it will immediately grab your attention: alternately awe-inspiring, intimate, humorous, surprising, and familiar. It is like flipping through the pages of the Kestrel family photo album, with text that complements the photographs, telling the full story behind each moment. Kestrels are overflowing with charisma, and Kate Davis and Rob Palmer have managed to capture that elusive charm in this fitting tribute to a remarkable little falcon. -- David Sibley, author of Sibley Guides

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    Bald Eagle Nest: A Story of Survival in Photos
    By Kate Davis

  • 120 pages
  • 134 photographs
  • Published: January, 2013
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Paperback: $16.95
  • Bald Eagle Nest is now available, and features an unusual eagle family in Western Montana. 132 photos by Kate Davis illustrate courtship, nesting, neighborhood resident animals, parent eagles and the four babies growing up and fledging. Four young is very rare with only a dozen nests ever reporting such success.

    After a little introduction, she launches into the saga of the polite young, taking turns to be fed everything from pigeons, ducks and goslings to squirrels, fish and deer. That story went worldwide on the internet when one of the adults dropped an eviscerated fawn on powerlines which shorted out electricity to East Missoula in June; "Deer With Wings," claimed dozens of stories, but just our diligent parents. A family of Eastern Fox Squrrels shared the nest, with curious young exchanging looks, then the post-fledging stories and lots of flying eagle shots, favorites being the attacks by mobbing Bullock`s Orioles. One of these images won Audubon's Top 100 Photographs for 2012. Kate writes, "I never knew I would grow to admire Bald Eagles this much, and hopefully the readers will too."

    Available at Fact & Fiction Books


    Raptors of the West Captured in Photographs
    By Kate Davis, Rob Palmer & Nick Dunlop

    Winner of the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for Design and Artistic Merit

    Winner of the 2011 Montana Book Award


  • 250 pages
  • 430 photographs
  • 45 Species
  • Published: May, 2011
  • Publisher: Mountain Press
  • Paperback: $30
  • Review of Raptors of the West by Tom Cade, Founder of the Peregrine Fund and author of The Falcons of North America
    To gaze into the deep, brown eyes of a falcon is to see one’s own being reflected in the life of another creature. The images in this collection will excite your imagination, edify you, and hold you enraptured, as you view our western raptors in their natural landscapes.

    Order your autographed copy of "Raptors of the West"


    Falcons of North America
    By Kate Davis, founder and Executive Director of the Raptors of the Rockies organization

    Photographs by Rob Palmer & Nick Dunlop

  • 240 pages - 6 x 9 inches
  • 200+ photographs
  • 13 illustrations & diagrams
  • Species accounts & range maps
  • Glossary - references - index
  • Published: September, 2008
  • Publisher: Mountain Press
  • Paperback: $22
  • Buy the book:  Fact & Fiction  |  Mountain Press  |  Buteo Books

    A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to falcon maintenance and upkeep at Raptors of the Rockies

    Falcons of North AmericaFierce, bold, and beautiful, falcons hold a special place in the hearts of people. In Falcons of North America, renowned raptor advocate and environmental educator Kate Davis opens a door into the lives of these extraordinary, enigmatic birds of prey. With contagious enthusiasm, Davis details the lives of six North American falcon species, including results of new research never before published in one volume.

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    Review of Falcons of North America by Bill Clark, co-author of The Peterson Field Guide to Hawks of North America
    This charming, well-written book tells us lots about our six North American falcons. Kate used her experience as a falconer, researcher, rehabilitator, educator, conservationist, and artist to give us an insight into how falcons live and their relationships with humankind. The emphasis is on the Peregrine Falcon, unquestionably the most charismatic of the falcons, yet all are covered well in detailed species accounts. The book is a nice blend of personal experience, rendering of the literature, and behavioral observations, with sidebars on some interesting falcon projects, and more. And the vast majority of the photos are just stunning! A must for anyone who loves falcons and photos of them and wants to learn more about them.

    Review of Falcons of North America by Hans Peeters, artist and author of Raptors of California
    What a wonderful little book you have written. I am amazed at how much information, much of it recent, you have dug up (and yes, I sat right down and read the book almost cover to cover.) And of course the photographs are incredible; your own are certainly a match to the work of the professionals. I am also impressed by the quality of the editing. The enormous amount you’ve gathered is neatly and clearly packaged. So congratulations on a real achievement. Your writing is lucid – and fun to read!


    Raptors of the Rockies
    An illustrated guide to Rocky Mountain birds of prey

    By Kate Davis, founder and Executive Director of the Raptors of the Rockies organization

  • 96 pages - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • 115 color photographs
  • 32 maps - 15 illustrations
  • Glossary - references - index
  • Published: September, 2002
  • Publisher: Mountain Press
  • Paperback: $16
  • Buy the book:  Fact & Fiction  |  Mountain Press  |  Buteo Books

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    Page 13 - Falconiformes Silhouettes
    Page 27 - Northern Harrier
    Page 15 - Order Strigiformes
    Page 67 - Raptor Biographies
    Page 77 - Glossary
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    Raptors of the Rockies. An illustrated guide to Rocky Mountain birds of preyDid you know that a golden eagle can spot a rabbit from two miles away? Or that the broad face of an owl works like a satellite dish to gather sounds? From ancient cave paintings to Roman coins to our own national emblem, depictions of hawks, falcons, eagles, ospreys, and owls demonstrate thousands of years of human fascination with raptors--birds that hunt other animals for food.

    Raptors of the Rockies opens with a general section on the biology and behaviors that make raptors such successful hunters. The middle section serves as a field guide, with a page devoted to each of the thirty-one Rocky Mountain species. In the final section you will meet the nineteen permanent residents of the Raptors of the Rockies facility--disabled birds which cannot be released back into the wild. These characters include Max, a male golden eagle whose poisoning left him with little sense of balance, and Crackity Jones, a female western screech owl who lost part of a wing in an unfortunate encounter with a vehicle. Both sad and uplifting, these life stories will leave you sharing the author's profound respect and passion for these magnificent creatures. Gorgeous color photographs, maps and diagrams, and drawings and etchings by the author accompany the lively, informative text, which will delight readers of all ages. Includes Montana, and the Rocky Mountains.

    Review of Raptors of the Rockies by John J. Craighead, Ph.D., founder and director of the Craighead Wildlife-Wildlands Institute.
    "Nearly sixty years ago, my brother Frank and I entertained the idea of producing a guidebook to the raptors. The plan was to provide an easy-to-understand, single source for identification of and information about the misunderstood (and often hated) birds of prey. We carried the idea only as far as gathering together our photographs of hawks and owls, and giving the book the erroneous working title of Know Your Hawks. Kate Davis's Raptors of the Rockies has far surpassed even our enthusiastic vision for a concise, accurate, and informative guide to the birds of prey. It is the book we wanted to write, only much better."

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