Thirty Years of Raptor Education

September 15, 2018

5:30 PM

Visitor Center Gallery

2018 Autumn Lecture


Author, long-time raptor educator, and founder of the Raptors of the Rockies non-profit organization Kate Davis will present a colorful presentation with highlights from her life with raptors and education programming. It will include over 100 inspirational photos of children and birds, as well as a discussion of Raptor Versus Rapture.

Kate Davis began life with a love of animals and by junior high school in 1973, she was caring for mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club. She received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982 and founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988.

Kate keeps 14 non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her home in Western Montana, and programs with these raptors number 1670 for more than 131,000 people, young and old alike. These birds are the subjects and source of inspiration for her photography, drawings, paintings, etchings, welded steel sculptures, and writing. She has authored and illustrated 5 books on raptors, and Raptors of the West won the National Outdoor Book Award and Montana Book Award Grand Prize. Her 6th title blends photography and humor and is entitled Birds Are People, Too - "It's a riot!" Kate was presented the greatest of honors in 2017 – the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award, only occasionally given in Montana. Plus, she and raptors are celebrating thirty years of education, and with two young Teaching Team birds now, no retirement in sight.

All of our 2018 Autumn Lectures are part of our year-long Year of the Bird awarness and celebration! #BirdYourWorld

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