Starting on Friday, August 1st, all net profit from the sales of my novella, Opal, will go to a very special cause: Raptor Rehabilitation! Recently, I was very fortunate to meet Diane Myers, a woman with a passion for raptors, at a presentation put on by the Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Ohio. She and her volunteers presented birds of prey that had been injured and taken in by the center for rehabilitation and educational showings. The birds present included a peregrine falcon, red tailed hawk, turkey vulture, short-eared owl, barn owl and a bald eagle. Seeing the owls brought back wonderful memories of my time spent working at a nature center, where I got to hold a big, beautiful barred owl on my arm and show her off to groups of children; perhaps one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had!
The Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center was originally established by Ron Bowerman in 1989. It continues to provide care facilities and is devoted to the fist aid and release of injured or orphaned birds of prey. The Black Swamp Raptor Rehab is fully licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources to rehabilitate and release injured birds of prey. Educational programs are provided to the public, youth groups, local organizations and educational institutions. Through these programs raptor awareness is enhanced.
About Opal: White as snow, stained with blood, her talons black as ebony… In this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who’s come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she’s never known. She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother — a mother whose past she must unravel if men and Fae are to live peacefully together.
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