A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-Tailed Hawk

PRAISE for A Wing in the Door

In the style of Jane Goodall and other animal behaviourists, there’s a magnificent tenderness in these narratives—emphatically not to be confused with sentimentality.  Globe and Mail, Toronto

McQuay writes knowledgeably about bird behavior, physiology and the natural life on her preserve. … In describing at length the joys, sorrows, and heavy investment required in trying to rehabilitate an impaired wild animal, she provides useful information for concerned readers everywhere. Library Journal

 … The author is a fine lyrical writer, able to paint small, perfect word-pictures that make us feel as though we’re actually watching the young hawk stumble through her education into the ways of the wild.  Booklist

It was only with the coming of Merak, the human-imprinted, red-tailed hawk, that I was challenged to confront the truths of wild living in a way that I could never have understood in my dreams.

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Note: You may notice that we generally did not use gloves with Merak. Towards the end of her time with us she became testy. Sometimes she would caution Barry when he was showing her to an appreciative school class. “That’s enough,” she seemed to be saying, as she gripped his arm increasingly firmly. Generally, though, her hold on us was gentle. She used only enough pressure to stay balanced, usually on a forearm, occasionally, awkwardly, on a shoulder, and once on the head of a CBC interviewer who was filming a television feature about her.

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