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

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Illegally plucked from her nest when only a month old to be trained for falconry, Merak is two when finally released. She isn’t used to foraging for herself, however, and wanders into a nearby town. As Peri McQuay quickly learns, this human-imprinted hawk is not quite ready for the wild. As Merak’s caretakers, the McQuays try to coax the bird to independence. In journal fo ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published February 7th 2001 by Milkweed Editions
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Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
A curious book, the journal/memoir of a woman who lived with a half-wild hawk. The rehabber in me cringes at the allowance of an imprinted bird to be allowed to fly free when they can so easily become a danger to themselves and humans. Indeed early on in the book the hawk has a dangerous run-in with people in the nearby town. Another part of me glories in the abilities of the hawk, however damaged. The writing style left me somewhat flustered, coming across primarily as a collection of journal e ...more
Tina
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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The author renders the intimate relationship between herself and Merak, the young hawk she is rehabilitating to live in the wild, clearly and beautifully. Reading this book was a rare chance to get to know a wild hawk's spirit.
Carol
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
The book was an interesting story of following by airplane an electronically tagged Red Tailed Hawk's migration.
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Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A delightful story about the accidental acquisition of a red-tailed hawk as a sort of pet, and how it matures and fails to mature, interacts with humans, real pets, and other birds.
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Peri McQuay became committed to nature through the inspiration and teaching of her Canadian artist parents, Ken Phillips and Marie Cecilia Guard.

For thirty years Peri and her conservation educator husband Barry took joy in living and working at Foley Mountain. This eight-hundred-acre conservation area of granite ridges, beaver ponds and towering pines overlooks the beautiful little village of West
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