Hawks and Roses (by Jim Ure, Peregrine Smith Books, 1991)
It was time to write my own version of our bird of prey rehabilitation project. We’d been doing this at our home for nearly 15 years and 3,300 eagles, hawks and owls passed through our hands. We released about 53 per cent of them back to the wild. The publication of this book and subsequent books on birds of prey have proved to me that with one exception (Red-tails in Love), there isn’t much market for books about raptors. My prized personal copy is signed by Peter Matthiessen who directed the 1991 Environmental Writing Institute for the University of Montana at the Teller Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis, Montana. I was invited to take part after submitting samples from a book-length non-fiction work called Looking for Regalis. I learned so much here and was terribly humbled by the other attendees’ criticism of the work.