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


A joyful journey through Pete Dubacher’s Berkshire Bird Paradise, and a thoughtful contemplation of our relationship to birds and nature.
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A joyful journey through Pete Dubacher’s Berkshire Bird Paradise, and a thoughtful contemplation of our relationship to birds and nature.
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A novelist and science fiction writer, Chepaitis here tells the story of bird rehabilitator Pete Dubacher, whose Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary tends to many hundreds of birds, some injured, others abandoned, including eagles, cranes, emus, ravens, vultures, parrots, owls, and pigeons. Chepaitis is as concerned with avian spiritual influences, birds in myth and folklore, and birds in her own life, as she is with Dubacher and his charges. The emotional investment of many in birds is here afforded a good look as well as the multiple challenges and hard work involved in running a rehabilitation facility, such as directing volunteers, acquiring foods, fundraising, and the educational and visitation aspects. The focus is narrow, centering on the area around Albany, NY, and there are frequent mistakes in bird names. The short bibliography and list of websites are also unrepresentative and of little use. VERDICT Though an optional selection, this book, in spite of its flaws, may be of interest to those concerned with rehabilitating birds, humane matters, and the ways in which birds affect our lives spiritually.—Henry T. Armistead, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438432915
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Chepaitis is the author of seven novels, including the critically acclaimed Feeding Christine and These Dreams, as well as the sci-fi series featuring Jaguar Addams. The fourth novel in that series, A Lunatic Fear, was nominated for a Romantic Times BOOKclub Reviewers' Choice award. She is founder and director of the storytelling trio the Snickering Witches, and has taught classes in creativity, storytelling, and writing at the University at Albany-SUNY.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Paradise Found




Spirit Friends

Pin Feathers

Making Beauty


Watching Birds


Bird Words

Raising the Young

Like Eagle

Ward Stone

Holding Up the Earth

Night Owls

What It Is about Pigeons


The Next Generation

Migration Home

The Thing with Feathers


Bird Places—Real and Virtual


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