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Fidgets Freedom


By: Stacey Patterson, Vadim Gorbatov
ISBN: 0-9723422-6-5
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 10.75" X 10.25"
Pages: 32
Photos: 0
Illustrations: 0
Publication Date: 2006


Description: Story of a young peregrine falcon eager to try her newly feathered wings.

Fidget is a young peregrine falcon eager to try out er newly feathered wings. She and her brother Echo had been hatched in an incubator in a lab and are now living in a 'hack' box nestled on a cliff. This will be their home until they can hunt and fend for themselves. Their caretakers, both falconers and scientists, had become concerned about the plight of the peregrine due to the use of DDT in North America. DDT caused egg shell thinning and without intervention, extinction in some of their native territories was a possibility. When the box is opened to release the birds, Fidget, the bolder of the two, throws caution to the wind - - and soon finds more than she bargained for on her first flight. Fidgets Freedom is published in cooperation with the Raptor Education Foundation, whose mission is to advance environmental literacy through educational programs, books, research services, and their website: www.usaref.org.

Author Biography

Stacey Patterson received a B.A. degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. When she moved back to the Los Angeles area, she obtained her state and federal permit to practice falconry and became a volunteer with South Bay Wildlife rehab as a raptor rehabilitator and educational presenter. She worked with her first peregrine in 1995 and has never looked back.

Vadim Gorbatov, Russias greatest wildlife artist, was born in Moscow in 1940. He started drawing when he was only four, and recalls, '..I started to draw animals. When other kids were playing soccer or flirting with girls, I wandered in the woods, fields, and swamps. I had half a binocular, and I knew all the nests of the birds and dens of the mammals in our forest.'

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