The Rites of Autumn: A Falconer's Journey Across the American West

Dan O'Brien, Author, Marjorie Braman, Editor, Carl Navarre, Editor Atlantic Monthly Press $17.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-87113-245-1
The rite began when the author and two other biologists released (``hacked'') four captive-bred peregrine falcon chicks on a cliff in the Montana Rockies. Within 24 hours, a golden eagle had taken three, and O'Brien, short-story writer and novelist ( The Spirit of the Hills ), rescued the survivor. An experienced falconer, he decided to keep the bird rather than return it to the breeding laboratory. He would teach Dolly to hunt, accompanying the fall migration of waterfowl, then release her. With two hunting dogsKris, an aging Labrador, and Spud, a young setter in trainingO'Brien and Dolly started on the long journey south to the Gulf of Mexico. Various human companions joined them along the way. This is an engaging story, one to be savored by animal lovers and those interested in falconry. We share the thrill of Dolly's first free flight, watch her stoops with aweand shudder as she collides with a telephone wire on the day of her final release. Dolly now nests on O'Brien's ranch in South Dakota. (October)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
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