Feathers of Hope: Pete Dubacher, the Berkshire Bird Paradise, and the Human Connection with Birds

SUNY Press
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Birds of Paradise takes the reader on a joyful journey through the Berkshire Bird Paradise in Grafton, New York. Founded and maintained by Pete Dubacher, the Berkshire Bird Paradise is a magical place that provides sanctuary to over twelve hundred injured or otherwise unreleasable birds, from emus, pigeons, and tropical birds to eagles, owls, hawks, and more. New York City residents regularly drive four hours to hand-deliver injured pigeons to Pete, and wildlife officials across the country have sent injured birds for his care, from an eagle mauled by a bear in Alaska to cranes left over from a breeding program in Maryland. In April 1999, two baby golden eagles were hatched from two disabled birds, and the surviving eaglet, Dotty, was successfully released into the wild, and in 2003 two bald eagles were, for the first time ever, hatched in captivity, raised, and released.

Following Pete for a “typical” day at the sanctuary, which includes tossing dead rats to eagles and stoking woodstoves at one in the morning, author Barbara Chepaitis provides an intimate view of what it takes to maintain a dream of this proportion, and what makes Pete Dubacher the kind of man who can do so. Along the way, she also tells the stories of other people in many different walks of life who have found solace in and taken inspiration from their interactions with birds, including a college student who takes an injured baby bird to her critical theory class, avid birdwatchers who keep careful lists of all the birds they’ve seen, and a man who found meaning by rescuing injured pigeons in New York City. Together with Pete’s story and the story of the Berkshire Bird Paradise, their stories offer an engaging look at how forging a stronger connection to birds, and to nature in general, can teach us to be more fully human. Birds of Paradise is for anyone who ever rescued a baby bird or wondered how to make a dream come true.
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About the author

Barbara Chepaitis earned her doctorate in composition & teaches at a university in upstate New York, where she makes her home. She is the author of a futuristic suspense series, & enjoys cooking even more than she enjoys writing about it.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 29, 2012
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Pages
183
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ISBN
9781438432922
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Birdwatching Guides
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
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