The true story of an injured owl’s recovery and return to nature
Greta the Great Horned Owl is out hunting mice. She has no idea that her life is about to change forever. A train strikes her, severely injuring her wing and leg. A rescue team brings her to a wildlife rehabilitation centerand this is just the beginning of her story. Will surgery save her wing? Can Greta learn to fly again? Her only hope of returning to the wild is to prove that she can hunt.
Greta the Great Horned Owl is a true story told with gorgeous photographs and heartwarming text by award-winning author Christie Gove-Berg. Through Greta’s journey, readers learn about owls and wildlife rehabilitation centers. See the inside of a wildlife hospital, and learn how veterinarians help animals to get better. Find out about owl diets, nests, and families. Greta the Great Horned Owl is both entertaining and educational, helping to instill in children an appreciation of animals and nature.
About the Author
Christie Gove-Berg loves nature and wildlife. Her first book, Esther the Eaglet, was written after the rescue of an injured eaglet on her parents’ land. Her second book in the series, Maggie the One-Eyed Peregrine Falcon, was inspired by a young bird that was injured while learning to fly in the middle of a big city. (Now Maggie is an educational bird at The Wildlife Center of Virginia, teaching people about raptors.) Christie’s regional book, Minnesota Must-See for Families, encourages families to document their Minnesota adventures together. Christie donates a portion of the profits from her raptor books to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and The Wildlife Center of Virginia. When she has free time, Christie enjoys writing, reading, cooking, hiking, and camping. Her perfect day would be a kayak ride to a sandy beach on the St. Croix River with her friends and family. And lots of laughter.
Read an Excerpt
Greta the Great Horned Owl glides low over a field of grass. She listens for prey while her yellow eyes scan the landscape.
Greta’s favorite time to hunt is at twilight. The sunset gives everything a warm glow. Night is coming.
A soft breeze blows across the field. Greta sees a small field mouse nibbling the seeds from a stalk of grass. Greta flies with silent wing strokes toward her prey.
She is hungry. She doesn’t hear the low chug-chug of an engine or the loud thrum-thrum of wheels on metal.
Deer bound away, and foxes scurry out of sight. But Greta glides forward, low and fast. With her eyes and ears fixed on the mouse, she has no idea what is coming.
The train hits Greta and pushes her forward. She is moving with the train.
Her legs and wings are trapped. She struggles but cannot get free. She is stuck against the front of the train.