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November 16, 2013

Update on Shade

Filed under: Shade; a Story About a Very Smart Raven — redrockwriting @ 4:58 pm
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Update on Shade

Shade was a big draw at the local wild bird store. Emily gave a fact-filled talk while Shade looked on. Here, while Emily tries to sign a copy of the book about Shade, “Shade; a story about a very smart raven,” Shade is trying to steal the pen from her hand. Clever bird!

April 3, 2010

If you’ve read the book, I thought you might want to see the real Shade and Emily, so I located these photos.

Filed under: Shade; a Story About a Very Smart Raven — redrockwriting @ 9:35 pm

Emily and Shade

Here' Shade in her flight cage

March 11, 2010

Well, you probably realize I’m a raven lover, but not only because of the ones I see in the backyard. I have a young friend, Emily, who based her graduate work at University of Arizona on raven behavior. She actually bought a raven fledgeling (you have to buy birds from breeders as they are protected species), and wrote her thesis on the premise that ravens could be trained to help search and rescue teams find hikers lost in the High Country desert. Sorta like a rescue dog, but with wings! While Shade has not rescued her first person yet, Emily has trained her to recognize many words and shapes, and to wear a harness for the time when she will fly free to be tracked by a GPS device. I was so inspired with her work that I decided to write a children’s story about it. I’ve self-published this picture book as Shade; a Story About a Very Smart Raven.

Filed under: Shade; a Story About a Very Smart Raven — redrockwriting @ 4:52 pm

Here's my book for sale in a local bookstore

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