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Kate Davis

Kate Davis


Kate Davis has been caring for wild animals since her start with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club at age 13. She also began providing educational programs at the zoo and in the community, as well as illustrating their publications and doing taxidermy work for museums. After locating in Missoula, Montana in 1978, Kate received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982. She founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988, and keeps over a dozen birds at the facility at her home on the banks of the Bitterroot River. Formal programs with these ambassador birds number more than 1600 for 128,000 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. Kate served as Chair of the Education Committee and Conference Chair for the Raptor Research Foundation for three years each, and hosted their 2008 Conference in Missoula. She has written and illustrated six books including Falcons of North America, and Raptors of the West which won the National Outdoor Book Award. Her latest book combines photography and humor, Birds Are People, Too.

Raptors of the Rockies
PO Box 250  www.raptorsoftherockies.org
Florence,  MT  59833  United States
Email: raptors@montana.com

   Research Interests

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Species of Interest: 
  • Bald Eagle
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Gyrfalcon


Davis, K. 2014. American Kestrel: pint-sized predator. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT

Davis, K. 2013. Bald Eagle Nest: A story of survival in photos. Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania.

Davis, K. 2011. Raptors of the West Captured in Photographs. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT. 241pp.

Davis, K. 2008. Falcons of North America. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT. 226 pp.

Sumner, J., and K. Davis. 2008. Observations of adult Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus anatum) capturing stoneflies. Western Birds 39:220-224.        pdf

Templeton, C., E. Greene, and K. Davis. 2005. Allometry of alarm calls: Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapilla) encode information about raptor size in their mobbing calls, Science 308:1934-1937.

Davis, K. 2002. Raptors of the Rockies. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT. 89 pp.

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