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17th Annual Montana Audubon Bird Festival! 
Composite photo from the back yard. 17th Annual Montana Audubon Bird Festival! Composite photo from the back yard.




Raptors of The Rockies has conducted programs for tens of thousands of individuals across Western Montana.



Sonora the Aplomado Falcon hangs out in the office every day, star of over 60 programs in 2015.



Raptors of the Rockies offers raptor education and birds in art programs for elementary schools as well as private and public gatherings across Western Montana. Programs are led by Kate Davis and a teaching team of live raptors, each with a unique story and personality. These hawks, falcons, owls and eagles are utilized in lively, informative and entertaining presentations and discussions for young and old alike, one hour in length with four teaching team birds.

Raptor Education Programs
Programs cover natural histories of the variety of raptors, anecdotal lessons learned over the years, and every participant, 131,000 so far, is asked to go outside and "hoot up an owl." The Teaching Team has been to 130 schools across the state.

Birds in Art Programs
Live birds are the greatest of models to render in art. This program begins with a presentation on avian anatomy and function and is followed by sketching, painting or clay or paper mache sculpting sessions that include discussions of the characteristics key to rendering each species.

Falconry Programs
The terminology, history, and techniques of falconry are discussed (but not necessarily encouraged.) Kate Davis holds a Master Falconry permit.

Traveling Trunks
The Raptors of the Rockies Traveling Trunks are assembled and ready for schools to rent for two weeks at a time. These 3 foot long plastic trunks contain 10 raptor mounts encased in plexiglass, plus bird parts such as feathers, wings, feet, and an owl skull. Also included is a box of laminated Species Accounts and Range Maps of the 31 raptors of Montana, plus a glossary and sheets on silhouettes, taxonomy, and topography. Copies of our book, Raptors of the Rockies plus 5 other selected books on the topic serve as reference. Because they contain protected birds, they must remain within the state of Montana. Fees for two weeks are $25. Available from the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula.

Travel Restrictions
Caring for and using live birds in demonstrations unfortunately limits the geographic range for Raptors of the Rockies programs. As these raptors must return home to be safely tucked away each night, we can not offer our programs outside of Western Montana. However, Kate has a lively PowerPoint and discussion with over 100 slides, and she has presented in Chicago, Boston recently for the St. George Winter Bird Festival in Utah!

In the Works
Kate's sixth book is out,"Birds Are People, Too" again with Mountain Press Publishing Company. A combination of bird photography and humor, "it's a riot!" She is currently working on drypoint etchings of birds, printmaking after a hiatus of 18 years!

Raptors of the Rockies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) program whose primary mission is education. About half of our income is from donations from individuals and businesses, and we could use your help. Your support is very much appreciated and all contributions are tax-deductible, with gifts in the mail and recognition on the web site and in newsletters.

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