The author's account of a 2000-mile journey from the Canadian border to the Mexican Gulf, with a young peregrine falcon he rescued from the wild. His purpose was to teach her to survive on her own. It is the story of one man's personal quest, searching for a balance between the wild and domesticity. Dan O'Brien has also written a novel, "Spirit of the Hills" and a collection of short stories, "Eminent Domain". He won the University of Iowa Short Fiction Award in 1986.
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Dan O'Brien spent the summer of 1986 in the Rocky Mountains releasing young peregrine falcons on the mountain cliffs. When one of his release sites was raided by a golden eagle, he managed to save a peregrine chick, and decided to make an improbable two-thousand-mile trip with the surviving young falcon, Dolly. From the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico, following the autumnal migration of waterfowl, O'Brien taught her to hunt as a wild falcon would, in the hopes of releasing her into the natural world. The Rites of Autumn is the riveting account of their incredible journey. (51/2 X 81/4, 208 pages, map)
The author tells here of traveling in the company of his two hunting dogs and Dolly, a young peregrine falcon, from the Montana Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. "This is an engaging story, one to be savored by animal lovers and those interested in falconry," commented PW.
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Book Description Collins, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002234580
Book Description Collins, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2234580