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In this captivating memoir Suzie Gilbert tells the rollicking story of how she turned her fami. Non FictionThis is a special gem of a read filled with the ups and downs laughs and heartbreak of animal rescue in this case wild birdsSuzie Gilbert is a wild bird rehabber taking in birds who are injured or orphaned Her passion for rehabbing birds grew to include her husband and two children and pretty much took over her entire life She had birds in dog crates birds in the bathroom birds outside in specially built rehab enclosures whatever it tookShe describes her life with the birds with such clarity that I feel like I can see the birds she is talking about Illustrations of many bird species appear throughout the book Suzie is an excellent story teller and writer I think anyone who loves animals or has ever fed a stray cat or taken in an animal in need of help or rescue will enjoy this bookSuzie tells of the joys the successes and the bird hijinks that made me laugh She also honestly deals with the burnout feelings of failure being overwhelmed by the desperate need and simply not being able to help all the birds that need help Suzie constantly deals with the guilt of taking too much time from her family life to devote to the birds I enjoyed her descriptions of her childrens' enthusiasm and assistance with the birds over the years Suzie and her family are fun and lively I got a kick out of the names they chose for the birds in one set of two birds one was named Lo the other BeholdI loved her stories about the various bird species from small songbirds to birds of prey to crows herons grackles you name itBeing a back yard bird enthusiast myself this book really touched my heart Congrats and a big thank you to Suzie and all the rehabbers out there whose hard work is rewarded only by the sight of a healthy bird they have nursed back to health flying away Par le sang versé of how she turned her fami. Non FictionThis is a special gem Le Monde selon De Gaulle : Tome 2, Le général à livre ouvert... of a read filled with the ups and downs laughs and heartbreak Mai 68 l'arnaque du siècle of animal rescue in this case wild birdsSuzie Gilbert is a wild bird rehabber taking in birds who are injured Ils partiront dans l'ivresse : Lyon (mai 43)-Londres (février 44) or Vaincre sans gloire: Le corps expéditionnaire français en Italie (novembre 1942-juillet 1944) orphaned Her passion for rehabbing birds grew to include her husband and two children and pretty much took Opération "Torch" over her entire life She had birds in dog crates birds in the bathroom birds L'Honneur, pas les honneurs: Mémoires, tome I. Avec le 2e REP en Algérie outside in specially built rehab enclosures whatever it tookShe describes her life with the birds with such clarity that I feel like I can see the birds she is talking about Illustrations A la droite d'Hitler of many bird species appear throughout the book Suzie is an excellent story teller and writer I think anyone who loves animals Mitterrand, le grand initié or has ever fed a stray cat L'espèce humaine or taken in an animal in need 1943 of help Les origines républicaines de Vichy or rescue will enjoy this bookSuzie tells Le mythe du grand silence: Auschwitz, les Français, la mémoire of the joys the successes and the bird hijinks that made me laugh She also honestly deals with the burnout feelings La vie des français sous l'occupation of failure being Simone Veil et les siens: Album- préface d'Annick Cojean overwhelmed by the desperate need and simply not being able to help all the birds that need help Suzie constantly deals with the guilt Les Français de l'an 40. Tome 1. La guerre, oui ou non ? of taking too much time from her family life to devote to the birds I enjoyed her descriptions Un été 16 : Eléments d'histoire culturelle européenne au regard du présent of her childrens' enthusiasm and assistance with the birds Les mythes de la Seconde Guerre mondiale over the years Suzie and her family are fun and lively I got a kick 1944-1945 out Jacques Chirac : Une histoire française of the names they chose for the birds in Adolfo Kaminsky, une vie de faussaire one set Dans les archives secrètes du Quai d'Orsay : de 1945 à nos jours of two birds Mes combats one was named Lo the Chirac intime - Un retraité comme les autres other BeholdI loved her stories about the various bird species from small songbirds to birds Les Pieds-noirs : L'épopée d'un peuple of prey to crows herons grackles you name itBeing a back yard bird enthusiast myself this book really touched my heart Congrats and a big thank you to Suzie and all the rehabbers Berlin out there whose hard work is rewarded D'Izieu à Auschwitz : L'histoire de deux enfants dans la Shoah only by the sight Histoire de la guerre d'Algérie, 1954-1962 of a healthy bird they have nursed back to health flying away

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L Pollan James Herriot and Elizabeth Marshal Thomas are sure to find much to cherish in Flyawa. This is the story of Suzie Gilbert and her astounding love for wild birds From childhood Suzie has loved and cared for many wild creatures but has been attracted mainly to wild birds After working as a volunteer at an animal hospital near her home Suzie begins to come home with abused and unwanted birds that she happily adopts into her family Deciding that this is not enough she makes a decision to run a wild bird rehabilitation center from her house Building space for the birds and setting up shop on the slope of her large yard are only the early steps and for Suzie the easiest Soon she is receiving wounded birds from all over the area and her phone is ringing non stop The idyllic job she envisioned is soon wearing thin and she spends a good deal her time agonizing over the fates of even the smallest of her patients and the worries that the birds are eating most of the attention that should be going to her young children As she relates miraculous stories of survival and terrible stories of loss Suzie not only bonds with the birds that she has decided to give her life to but bonds as well with a large network of animal rehabbers all over the world But after five long years the losses begin to outweigh the saves and Suzie is headed toward an emotionally harrowing cliff She must decide if giving up the bird rescue will save her fragile emotional health and that of her family or if she should continue doing the work she loves As she lovingly demonstrates in her attention to the sick and injured birds she deals with daily sometimes you just have to bring them back and let them go a fate that she must also painfully adhere to Both amazingly tender and heart rendingly sad the story of Suzie and her avian companions will bring its readers both joyous smiles and sorrowful tearsI love reading real life stories about animals and their caregivers I usually learn a great deal about what it takes for these animals to survive and the impact they have on their human handler's lives This story was no exception By peeking into the life and psyche of Suzie Gilbert I discovered an amazing plethora of bird facts and myths and was fully able to see the sacrifices that Suzie made in her life in order to help save these wondrous creaturesThis book was uniue among the animal tales that I have read for several reasons One of the first differences that I noticed was the strident attitude that Suzie had about the careless and negligent humans who put these beautiful animals at risk every day As she explains about 99 percent of the accidents that befall wild birds can be directly attributed to humans From your basic garden variety cruelty to the attempts of developers to clear inhabited land for building projects to negligent cat owners who let their animals roam freely outdoors Suzie explains it all Far from being beseeching her anger at these people and situations comes shooting off the page in her vitriolic sentiments And as I was to discover while I was reading her anger is completely justified The birds that make their way into her refuge are scared confused and sometimes gravely injured Suzie does the best she can to provide care for the birds but often there is nothing she can do for them but let them die with dignity Each death seems to take a piece of her soulThe second way that this book was different than most was the very candid way that Suzie related her mental frailties and fears concerning the birds When she first begins to have thoughts of running a bird rehab from her home her heart is light and she harbors dreams and visions of a fulfilling and successful operation in which she will finally be able to do the work she was born to do But as the rehab becomes a reality Suzie becomes ever nervous about the birds that she will be caring for Is she giving them the right care Has she made a mistake in taking all types and species of birds instead of specializing Is she a horrible mother for spending time with her birds than her children Will her children grow up scarred from having to help their mother take care of the injured animals These things weigh heavily on her mind and although she does some amazing things with her facility she can never outrun her demons and spends a lot of time being anxious angry and afraid These sections of the book were filled with pathos and pain and it was like looking directly into the brain of someone who was torn to bits by the decisions that she had to make While I championed the work she was doing I felt very sorry that there was so much turmoil going on inside her heartThe amount of information that Suzie supplied about the birds was one of my favorite aspects of the book It was never overwhelming and always interesting and I found myself not only learning about different species of bird but also general facts that are common among all birds I had no idea that baby birds had to eat every fifteen minutes from sunup to sundown or that vultures regurgitate the contents of their stomachs when they are distressed I also didn't know that most birds should not be socialized to accept humans and was surprised to learn that birds will not neglect a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and has been touched by human hands Suzy is clear and informative with her facts about the birds debunking myths and making these wild creatures and their habits seem astoundingThere is also a lot of humor in the book These are the tales of a freezer full of frozen rats being accidentally discovered by her husband; stories of birds that seem almost human; and the parrot who resides in her house screaming out the word WAR when one of the wild birds gets loose in the house She speaks about the baby duck that happily watches television with her children and George the raven who touched her heart and healed her aching spirit Her birds do the unthinkable and their well being is the reason she strives against the grain to provide them with a safe haven and a loving touch They are creatures who amaze and startle Suzie never loses respect for the birds she cares for despite the long hours and inconvenience that they bring into her lifeThis is definitely a book that is worth reading If you are a lover of animal stories the book is a must read I think the book says a lot about the difference that even one dedicated person can make in the world surrounding them and it is not only a love story about birds but a story that will touch even the most hardened reader The information that is imparted is not in the least overwhelming but instead delightful and thought provoking In a world where people are usually only out for themselves Suzy Gilbert does the unthinkable and transforms the lives of all the creatures she touches and she is a very admirable woman An amazingly worthwhile read Recommended Dictionnaire des Beaux-Arts d'Eugène Delacroix of Suzie Gilbert and her astounding love for wild birds From childhood Suzie has loved and cared for many wild creatures but has been attracted mainly to wild birds After working as a volunteer at an animal hospital near her home Suzie begins to come home with abused and unwanted birds that she happily adopts into her family Deciding that this is not enough she makes a decision to run a wild bird rehabilitation center from her house Building space for the birds and setting up shop Musée d'Orsay : Le guide des collections on the slope Fourier. Créateur de la physique-mathématique of her large yard are Dictionnaire amoureux de la République (DICT AMOUREUX) only the early steps and for Suzie the easiest Soon she is receiving wounded birds from all Paris secret (Bouquins) over the area and her phone is ringing non stop The idyllic job she envisioned is soon wearing thin and she spends a good deal her time agonizing Une élite parisienne : les familles de la grande bourgeoisie juive (1870-1939) (Histoire) over the fates Mérovingiens: Les Grands Articles d'Universalis of even the smallest Je me souviens des Halles of her patients and the worries that the birds are eating most Dictionnaire du cinéma populaire français : Des origines à nos jours of the attention that should be going to her young children As she relates miraculous stories De la dictature à la démocratie: voies ibériques of survival and terrible stories Le Livre De La Tour Eiffel of loss Suzie not Dictionnaire Clemenceau (Bouquins) only bonds with the birds that she has decided to give her life to but bonds as well with a large network La Révolution française - Dictionnaire biographique of animal rehabbers all La Bretagne pour les nuls over the world But after five long years the losses begin to Le Régime de Vichy (Repères t. 206) outweigh the saves and Suzie is headed toward an emotionally harrowing cliff She must decide if giving up the bird rescue will save her fragile emotional health and that L'Hôtel des Invalides (La memoire des lieux t. 1) of her family Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris [par : Hillairet], Editions de Minuit, 1979 or if she should continue doing the work she loves As she lovingly demonstrates in her attention to the sick and injured birds she deals with daily sometimes you just have to bring them back and let them go a fate that she must also painfully adhere to Both amazingly tender and heart rendingly sad the story Dictionnaire Louis XIV (Bouquins) of Suzie and her avian companions will bring its readers both joyous smiles and sorrowful tearsI love reading real life stories about animals and their caregivers I usually learn a great deal about what it takes for these animals to survive and the impact they have Les constitutions de la France: « Que sais-je ? » n° 162 on their human handler's lives This story was no exception By peeking into the life and psyche Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bourgogne of Suzie Gilbert I discovered an amazing plethora La guide des chemins de France (Éd.1552) of bird facts and myths and was fully able to see the sacrifices that Suzie made in her life in Dictionnaire amoureux de Versailles (DICT AMOUREUX) order to help save these wondrous creaturesThis book was uniue among the animal tales that I have read for several reasons One Encyclopédie de la Seconde Guerre mondiale (Bouquins) of the first differences that I noticed was the strident attitude that Suzie had about the careless and negligent humans who put these beautiful animals at risk every day As she explains about 99 percent Dictionnaire amoureux de Napoléon (DICT AMOUREUX) of the accidents that befall wild birds can be directly attributed to humans From your basic garden variety cruelty to the attempts Chronologie de la France De Napoléon à nos jours of developers to clear inhabited land for building projects to negligent cat Voyage de Jaques Cartier au Canada en 1534 (Nouv. éd.) (Éd.1865) owners who let their animals roam freely La Meuse, les 500 communes outdoors Suzie explains it all Far from being beseeching her anger at these people and situations comes shooting Révolution française: Les Grands Articles d'Universalis off the page in her vitriolic sentiments And as I was to discover while I was reading her anger is completely justified The birds that make their way into her refuge are scared confused and sometimes gravely injured Suzie does the best she can to provide care for the birds but Versailles (Bouquins) often there is nothing she can do for them but let them die with dignity Each death seems to take a piece Château de St Germain en Laye en dates et en chiffres of her soulThe second way that this book was different than most was the very candid way that Suzie related her mental frailties and fears concerning the birds When she first begins to have thoughts Curiosités botaniques à Paris et en Ile-de-France of running a bird rehab from her home her heart is light and she harbors dreams and visions Dictionnaire critique de la Révolution française : idées of a fulfilling and successful Le PSF. Un parti de masse à droite (1936-1940): Une parti de masse à droite (HISTOIRE) operation in which she will finally be able to do the work she was born to do But as the rehab becomes a reality Suzie becomes ever nervous about the birds that she will be caring for Is she giving them the right care Has she made a mistake in taking all types and species La Corse Pour les Nuls of birds instead La Bourgogne Pour les Nuls of specializing Is she a horrible mother for spending time with her birds than her children Will her children grow up scarred from having to help their mother take care A la découverte du Moyen Age of the injured animals These things weigh heavily Paris libéré, Paris retrouvé on her mind and although she does some amazing things with her facility she can never Fatou, Julia, Montel,: le grand prix des sciences mathématiques de 1918, et après... outrun her demons and spends a lot Le livre d'or de l'Algérie : histoire politique, militaire, administrative, (Éd.1889) of time being anxious angry and afraid These sections Je me souviens du 14e arrodissement of the book were filled with pathos and pain and it was like looking directly into the brain Versailles: Le château, la ville, ses monuments of someone who was torn to bits by the decisions that she had to make While I championed the work she was doing I felt very sorry that there was so much turmoil going HISTOIRE DE LA FRANCE DES ORIGINES A NOS JOURS on inside her heartThe amount Conseils d'un homo aux hétéros pour séduire les femmes of information that Suzie supplied about the birds was La vie à Paris pendant la Révolution: 1789-1793 one Maisons en pan-de-bois de Bretagne : Histoire d'un type d'architecture urbaine of my favorite aspects Dictionnaire illustré de l'histoire de France of the book It was never Guide du voyageur à Noirmoutier, (Éd.1884) overwhelming and always interesting and I found myself not Guide d'architecture de la France du XXe siècle only learning about different species Les Rues de Poitiers, dictionnaire historique & biographique of bird but also general facts that are common among all birds I had no idea that baby birds had to eat every fifteen minutes from sunup to sundown Montauban - Promenade Dans le Temps or that vultures regurgitate the contents Je me souviens du 13e arrondissement of their stomachs when they are distressed I also didn't know that most birds should not be socialized to accept humans and was surprised to learn that birds will not neglect a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and has been touched by human hands Suzy is clear and informative with her facts about the birds debunking myths and making these wild creatures and their habits seem astoundingThere is also a lot Dictionnaire historique des rues de paris - 2 vol. of humor in the book These are the tales Formulaire du technicien tuyauteur, chaudronnier & soudeur of a freezer full Histoire de la construction de l'Europe depuis 1945 of frozen rats being accidentally discovered by her husband; stories L'Europe médiane, carrefours et connexions of birds that seem almost human; and the parrot who resides in her house screaming Nous, citoyens d'Europe : Les Frontières, l'Etat, le peuple out the word WAR when Carrelage de sol et mural one La maison à ossature bois par les schémas: Manuel de construction visuel. of the wild birds gets loose in the house She speaks about the baby duck that happily watches television with her children and George the raven who touched her heart and healed her aching spirit Her birds do the unthinkable and their well being is the reason she strives against the grain to provide them with a safe haven and a loving touch They are creatures who amaze and startle Suzie never loses respect for the birds she cares for despite the long hours and inconvenience that they bring into her lifeThis is definitely a book that is worth reading If you are a lover Histoire et tradition des Européens : 30 000 ans d'identité of animal stories the book is a must read I think the book says a lot about the difference that even L'Europe et le mythe de l'Occident one dedicated person can make in the world surrounding them and it is not La construction européenne est-elle irréversible ? only a love story about birds but a story that will touch even the most hardened reader The information that is imparted is not in the least LES DEUX SCANDALES DE PANAMA. overwhelming but instead delightful and thought provoking In a world where people are usually Les éléments des projets de construction - 11e édition only Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 1 - 7e éd. - Le moteur et ses auxiliaires out for themselves Suzy Gilbert does the unthinkable and transforms the lives Traité de construction en terre of all the creatures she touches and she is a very admirable woman An amazingly worthwhile read Recommended

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Ly life upside down to pursue her unusual passion for rehabilitating wild birds Fans of Michae. If you are interested in the plight of birds in their danger filled world this is a well written informative sometimes sad sometimes funny memoir by a bird rehabber who juggles her job with raising two children The little part on George the crow is enough to make you see the value of one bird It left me with a huge amount of respect and admiration for wildlife rehabilitators and what they do Most of the birds who they help have been injured by humans intentionally or unintentionally and the book educates us on what to do and not to do to make their lives easier and longer Outdoor cats feral and domestic for instance are responsible for the deaths of billions of birds a year The book spurred me to get the name and number of close by wildlife rehabbers in case I see a bird or animal in distress and to order window decals for my sliding glass doors to prevent bird strikes If you can donate to wildlife organizations A very good book I thought La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue of Michae. If you are interested in the plight Surcouf of birds in their danger filled world this is a well written informative sometimes sad sometimes funny memoir by a bird rehabber who juggles her job with raising two children The little part Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 on George the crow is enough to make you see the value L'art militaire de Napoléon of Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) one bird It left me with a huge amount Journal intégral - 1815-1818 of respect and admiration for wildlife rehabilitators and what they do Most L'empire des Français, 1799-1815 of the birds who they help have been injured by humans intentionally Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence or unintentionally and the book educates us Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) on what to do and not to do to make their lives easier and longer Outdoor cats feral and domestic for instance are responsible for the deaths Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er of billions La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus of birds a year The book spurred me to get the name and number Napoléon of close by wildlife rehabbers in case I see a bird La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes or animal in distress and to L'aveuglement de Napoléon order window decals for my sliding glass doors to prevent bird strikes If you can donate to wildlife Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) organizations A very good book I thought


10 thoughts on “Flyaway How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings

  1. says:

    I think I read this book at exactly the right time I currently have a tiny seven inch long bearded dragon in my bedroom Since getting her on June 13th things have changed around here I get up at 6am whether I like it or not because that's when her lights come on and she wakes up climbs out of her hammock and starts looking around for food I go and put some reptile pellets vegetables and kale in her feeding dish give her pieces of vegetables from my hand take her out pet her let her watch the computer screen put her back in and then give her either live crickets or dead ones from a can Oh yes I have had to face my fear of crickets I hate crickets so much Or I used to Now I get to put them in the tank and watch my tiny pet predator go after them with the precision of a cheetah on the plains of Africa and it's great The canned crickets are pretty gross though They are all juicy and yucky and dark colored unlike the light tan crickets from PetsmartThen I go to work and come home and give her dead crickets and try not to throw up from the smellAnd then her light turns off at 8 o'clock and we turn the bedroom lights off because she can't sleep with them on and it makes us sleepy and we go to bed earlier Which is probably a good thingAnd that is absolutely nothing compared to what Suzie Gilbert and other wildlife rehabilitators do on a daily basis for the mammals reptiles and birds that surround us every day Whether they are affected by humans disease other animals or the environment wild animals need care too and Suzie Gilbert opened my eyes to what the people who care for them have to do My developing bond with Loki let me see especially how people come to care for animals beyond cats and dogs How a lizard or a bird can have its own personality And how caring for an animal can make you do gross stuff like cut up baby mice or spoon crickets out of a refrigerated canThe author takes us through an intensely personal journey as she faces the difficulty people who care for animals face When you have taken in one injured animal what's another? And another? You can't just leave them to die And it takes an immense personal toll There are many you cannot save even with dedication and time and you know injured animals will never stop comingSuzie's love for birds and all animals shines through her text I felt as though I was there with her in the story It's a wonderful book She will eventually be two feet according to what I've read Crazy This is her now Yes she has a hammock She sleeps clinging to one of the suction cups every night Whatta weirdo


  2. says:

    Suzie Gilbert is a crazy bird lady But she's a good kind of crazy The kind of crazy that makes the world a better place one small precious life at a time Birds even the most intimidating raptors are among nature's most vulnerable of creatures They break easily and if left injured in the wild die easily With most injuries to wild birds coming directly or indirectly at the hands of their human neighbors from our buildings our power lines our cars our lawn chemicals and the myriad of other ways we have of unwittingly destroying wildlife rehabbers like Suzie Gilbert pick up the slack for the rest of us They work with no financial rewards and at considerable personal sacrifice both material and psychological to give these delicate creatures a fighting chance at a life that would have been otherwise lost Every life is precious Every bird is special And Suzie Gilbert's Flyaway is a window into one woman's determination that those platitudes be lived not just uttered Highly recommended especially if you're a crazy bird person


  3. says:

    Non FictionThis is a special gem of a read filled with the ups and downs laughs and heartbreak of animal rescue in this case wild birdsSuzie Gilbert is a wild bird rehabber taking in birds who are injured or orphaned Her passion for rehabbing birds grew to include her husband and two children and pretty much took over her entire life She had birds in dog crates birds in the bathroom birds outside in specially built rehab enclosures whatever it tookShe describes her life with the birds with such clarity that I feel like I can see the birds she is talking about Illustrations of many bird species appear throughout the book Suzie is an excellent story teller and writer I think anyone who loves animals or has ever fed a stray cat or taken in an animal in need of help or rescue will enjoy this bookSuzie tells of the joys the successes and the bird hijinks that made me laugh She also honestly deals with the burnout feelings of failure being overwhelmed by the desperate need and simply not being able to help all the birds that need help Suzie constantly deals with the guilt of taking too much time from her family life to devote to the birds I enjoyed her descriptions of her childrens' enthusiasm and assistance with the birds over the years Suzie and her family are fun and lively I got a kick out of the names they chose for the birds in one set of two birds one was named Lo the other BeholdI loved her stories about the various bird species from small songbirds to birds of prey to crows herons grackles you name itBeing a back yard bird enthusiast myself this book really touched my heart Congrats and a big thank you to Suzie and all the rehabbers out there whose hard work is rewarded only by the sight of a healthy bird they have nursed back to health flying away


  4. says:

    If you are interested in the plight of birds in their danger filled world this is a well written informative sometimes sad sometimes funny memoir by a bird rehabber who juggles her job with raising two children The little part on George the crow is enough to make you see the value of one bird It left me with a huge amount of respect and admiration for wildlife rehabilitators and what they do Most of the birds who they help have been injured by humans intentionally or unintentionally and the book educates us on what to do and not to do to make their lives easier and longer Outdoor cats feral and domestic for instance are responsible for the deaths of billions of birds a year The book spurred me to get the name and number of close by wildlife rehabbers in case I see a bird or animal in distress and to order window decals for my sliding glass doors to prevent bird strikes If you can donate to wildlife organizations A very good book I thought


  5. says:

    I read this for my bookclub Of course then I didn't go to the meetingbut that's another issue It's a book I would never read in a million years otherwise but it's an engaging lively account of life as a bird rehabber Who knew people did this? Suzie Gilbert is a good writer who has a sense that her avocation is clearly crazy spending time money and love on saving a sparrow I know God keeps his eyes on the sparrow but apparently so does Suzie I can't recommend this book highly because it is so specialized but if you find yourself dreaming of blue jays this might be the book for you


  6. says:

    This is one of the best books I have read as an adult It touched my heart Having a fondness for all living creatures I decided to read a true story about a wildlife bird rehabilitator who happens to live in the Hudson Valley I really know nothing about wild birds and believed all the myths for example don't touch a baby bird that falls out of the nest because the parents will not take it back blah blah which is untrue I learned than I ever thought I would about wild birds how clever they can be and their importance in the world Give this book a try


  7. says:

    This book tells the story of Gilbert becoming a home based bird rehabber and is filled with stories of her interactions with birds from great blue herons to crows to Cooper's hawks Most of her stories are uplifting and entertaining but some are heart rending; both her successes and her failures are presented here I really enjoyed and appreciated this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves birds and dreams of living closer to them


  8. says:

    This is the story of Suzie Gilbert and her astounding love for wild birds From childhood Suzie has loved and cared for many wild creatures but has been attracted mainly to wild birds After working as a volunteer at an animal hospital near her home Suzie begins to come home with abused and unwanted birds that she happily adopts into her family Deciding that this is not enough she makes a decision to run a wild bird rehabilitation center from her house Building space for the birds and setting up shop on the slope of her large yard are only the early steps and for Suzie the easiest Soon she is receiving wounded birds from all over the area and her phone is ringing non stop The idyllic job she envisioned is soon wearing thin and she spends a good deal her time agonizing over the fates of even the smallest of her patients and the worries that the birds are eating most of the attention that should be going to her young children As she relates miraculous stories of survival and terrible stories of loss Suzie not only bonds with the birds that she has decided to give her life to but bonds as well with a large network of animal rehabbers all over the world But after five long years the losses begin to outweigh the saves and Suzie is headed toward an emotionally harrowing cliff She must decide if giving up the bird rescue will save her fragile emotional health and that of her family or if she should continue doing the work she loves As she lovingly demonstrates in her attention to the sick and injured birds she deals with daily sometimes you just have to bring them back and let them go a fate that she must also painfully adhere to Both amazingly tender and heart rendingly sad the story of Suzie and her avian companions will bring its readers both joyous smiles and sorrowful tearsI love reading real life stories about animals and their caregivers I usually learn a great deal about what it takes for these animals to survive and the impact they have on their human handler's lives This story was no exception By peeking into the life and psyche of Suzie Gilbert I discovered an amazing plethora of bird facts and myths and was fully able to see the sacrifices that Suzie made in her life in order to help save these wondrous creaturesThis book was uniue among the animal tales that I have read for several reasons One of the first differences that I noticed was the strident attitude that Suzie had about the careless and negligent humans who put these beautiful animals at risk every day As she explains about 99 percent of the accidents that befall wild birds can be directly attributed to humans From your basic garden variety cruelty to the attempts of developers to clear inhabited land for building projects to negligent cat owners who let their animals roam freely outdoors Suzie explains it all Far from being beseeching her anger at these people and situations comes shooting off the page in her vitriolic sentiments And as I was to discover while I was reading her anger is completely justified The birds that make their way into her refuge are scared confused and sometimes gravely injured Suzie does the best she can to provide care for the birds but often there is nothing she can do for them but let them die with dignity Each death seems to take a piece of her soulThe second way that this book was different than most was the very candid way that Suzie related her mental frailties and fears concerning the birds When she first begins to have thoughts of running a bird rehab from her home her heart is light and she harbors dreams and visions of a fulfilling and successful operation in which she will finally be able to do the work she was born to do But as the rehab becomes a reality Suzie becomes ever nervous about the birds that she will be caring for Is she giving them the right care? Has she made a mistake in taking all types and species of birds instead of specializing? Is she a horrible mother for spending time with her birds than her children? Will her children grow up scarred from having to help their mother take care of the injured animals? These things weigh heavily on her mind and although she does some amazing things with her facility she can never outrun her demons and spends a lot of time being anxious angry and afraid These sections of the book were filled with pathos and pain and it was like looking directly into the brain of someone who was torn to bits by the decisions that she had to make While I championed the work she was doing I felt very sorry that there was so much turmoil going on inside her heartThe amount of information that Suzie supplied about the birds was one of my favorite aspects of the book It was never overwhelming and always interesting and I found myself not only learning about different species of bird but also general facts that are common among all birds I had no idea that baby birds had to eat every fifteen minutes from sunup to sundown or that vultures regurgitate the contents of their stomachs when they are distressed I also didn't know that most birds should not be socialized to accept humans and was surprised to learn that birds will not neglect a baby bird that has fallen from its nest and has been touched by human hands Suzy is clear and informative with her facts about the birds debunking myths and making these wild creatures and their habits seem astoundingThere is also a lot of humor in the book These are the tales of a freezer full of frozen rats being accidentally discovered by her husband; stories of birds that seem almost human; and the parrot who resides in her house screaming out the word WAR when one of the wild birds gets loose in the house She speaks about the baby duck that happily watches television with her children and George the raven who touched her heart and healed her aching spirit Her birds do the unthinkable and their well being is the reason she strives against the grain to provide them with a safe haven and a loving touch They are creatures who amaze and startle Suzie never loses respect for the birds she cares for despite the long hours and inconvenience that they bring into her lifeThis is definitely a book that is worth reading If you are a lover of animal stories the book is a must read I think the book says a lot about the difference that even one dedicated person can make in the world surrounding them and it is not only a love story about birds but a story that will touch even the most hardened reader The information that is imparted is not in the least overwhelming but instead delightful and thought provoking In a world where people are usually only out for themselves Suzy Gilbert does the unthinkable and transforms the lives of all the creatures she touches and she is a very admirable woman An amazingly worthwhile read Recommended


  9. says:

    Suzie Gilbert writes of her life as a bird rehabilitator While her stories are sometimes amusing they are often heartbreaking as she describes her work to save birds often injured due to interactions with humans The life of a wildlife rehabilitator reuires commitment and compassion; it is full of hard work drudgery heartbreak and sometimes reward God bless the people who see the value of a single life and are willing to do all they can to save it


  10. says:

    Very educationalBirds have always fascinated me but I can't even name most of the ones I see Reading about the rehabilitation of so many wild birds was interesting and educational I never knew of the existence of rehabilitators but I am happy they do