Synopses & Reviews
Raptors of the Rockies covers the biology and behaviors of raptors, provides a field guide identifying each of the thirty-one Rocky Mountain species, and introduces you to the nineteen permanent residents of the Raptors of the Rockies facility. Gorgeous color photographs, maps and diagrams, and drawings and etchings accompany the lively, informative text, which will delight readers of all ages.
Did you know that a golden eagle can spot a rabbit from two miles away? Or that the broad face of an owl works like a satellite dish to gather sounds? From ancient cave paintings to Roman coins to our own national emblem, depictions of hawks, falcons, eagles, ospreys, and owls demonstrate thousands of years of human fascination with raptors -- birds that hunt other animals for food.
Raptors of the Rockies opens with a general section on the biology and behaviors that make raptors such Successful hunters. The middle section serves as a field guide, with a page devoted to each of the thirty-one Rocky Mountain species. In the final section you will meet the nineteen permanent residents of the Raptors of the Rockies facility -- disabled birds who cannot be released back into the wild. These characters include Max, a male golden eagle whose poisoning left him with little sense of balance, and Crackity Jones, a female western screech owl who lost part of a wing in an unfortunate encounter with a vehicle. Both sad and uplifting, these life stories will leave you sharing the author's profound respect and passion for these magnificent creatures. Gorgeous color photographs, maps and diagrams, and drawings and etchings by the author accompany the lively, informative text, which will delight readers of all ages.