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. Volume XX Number 36. . . .May 16, 2014
Celia Godkin is an award-winning author and illustrator who has a great affinity for natural history and the environment. Her many books for children dealing with those topics have made her a favourite with educators and parents.
Choosing the peregrine falcon as the subject of her latest book is a wise, if not brilliant, choice. There is something about raptors that is particularly fascinating to the young. Perhaps it is their speed or their power or what appears to us as brutality that holds us in awe of these birds of prey.
The author explains how taking a clutch of eggs will result in a second clutch being laid and raised. Bird experts and volunteers take eggs to a warm protected sanctuary where the fragile eggs have a good chance at survival. Some birds are raised by hand, bred with a captive male, and kept in the sanctuary to raise many broods of chicks. Some will be released into the wild. Some may be settled at the ledge of a skyscraper where they will learn to hunt for themselves, swooping and diving on live pigeons. Godkin notes that, in spite of many setbacks, the peregrine rescue effort has been a success.
Valerie Nielsen, a retired teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB, a city that has peregrines nesting on the top of one of Winnipeg’s modest skyscrapers.
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