BRENDA COX grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her reverence for wild places began with her horseback rides through the Assiniboine forest outside of the city, where she was thrilled by the owls and hawks she spotted. After studying biology and geography at Simon Fraser University, she spent 8 years as a supervisor at a wildlife sanctuary. Brenda Cox currently lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she works for CP Rail.
"Nothing in the world prepares you for an eagle leaping to your arm. Her head cocks sideways, her eyes sharpen, then she half-leaps, half-flies to my outstretched arm. She curls talons around the heavy leather glove and lowers her beak to worry the thumb. My arm and hand belong to her. This is what she does best: owns things. For eight years, this eagle owned me." Brenda Cox