Book Club: The Rites of Autumn
Join us for our March book club meeting!
Our book for this month is 'The Rites of Autumn,' by Dan O'Brien. This is our second time reading a book by Dan O'Brien!
"In 1986 Dan O'Brien spent the summer in the Rocky Mountains releasing young peregrine falcons on the cliffs. When one of his release sites was raided by a golden eagle, he managed to save a peregrine chick and decided to make an improbable two-thousand-mile trip with her from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico, following the avian autumnal migration. His retention was to teach the bird to hunt as a wild falcon would, in the hopes of releasing her into the natural world. Along the way he was forced to confront the chasm that gulfs wildness and domesticity -- and the difficulty in finding an even tenuous balance between them."
This book was chosen to pair with our March Day on the Land, a field trip to the Vermilion Cliffs on March 25th to see the condors and speak with the researchers up there about their work with 'big birds' and the challenges they face in the Southwest.