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Sandy: The Sandhill Crane Who Joined Our Family
An inspiring, often amusing account of an Oregon rancher who dedicates himself to saving a struggling species.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Oregon State University Press
(first published January 1968)
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I first read this book in the late 60's when it first came out. Back then the bald eagle was a thing of the past. I lived on the east coast at the time and never would have imagined that someday I would be able to camp next to a marsh that is home to a nesting pair of sandhills and have done so every spring for nearly 20 years. Nor did I dream that I could go to Sauvie Island in the winter and see as many as 20 bald eagles and flocks of sandhill cranes. Or that I would get to Yamsi and the Willi ...more
I love books about the interaction of people and the animals they fall in love with - for Dayton O. Hyde - Sandhill Cranes. I picked this book at a library sale and didn't know what to expect and was thoroughly delighted by having done so. This is an educative and inspirational story not only about a single man's saving of an endangered species but also about his falling in love with these birds and making them part of his family and his family part of the wild and natural world. Well written, o ...more