K’Lar and D’Ree are red-tailed hawks who have recently migrated back to Alberta, Canada from Southern Mexico for the summer. They need to find and repair their old nest so D’Ree can lay her clutch of eggs.
They fly through a city filled with noise and pollution. When they finally arrive at their valley home, all the trees are gone leaving their hunting field a swath of mud encircled by homes under construction.
Incredulous that the humans violated their own law by destroying a hawk habitat, the migratory birds fly to a farm at which they had nested many earth cycles ago. But alas, the farmer sold out to numerous developers and the area was converted into housing subdivisions centered by a hospital.
Distraught, the saddened couple moves on to another valley where they meet an aging hawk, T’Nal. He offers to share his hunting grounds with them, and just in time, too. D’Ree is about to lay her eggs.
Thus begins J.M. Sutherland’s wonderful saga, Freedom is for the Birds, a book that should be required reading by every human being. As the book evolves, we begin to understand a sophisticated hawk society based on respect for others, themselves, and Mother Nature. Unlike their human enemies, the hawk kills for survival and not for sport or revenge. Before they feast, they say, “Thank you, Mother Nature, for this meal.”
Freedom is for the Birds is a fantasy with animals talking to each other and even attending classes together led by wise old owl, Griffin. Sutherland takes literary liberties to show her human audience the hawk perspective of the life they are endured to live due to mankind’s tragic housekeeping ways.
No reader will walk away from this novel without feeling a deeper respect for the other organisms that inhabit our world.
Sutherland is donating over 10% of online sales to numerous wildlife care facilities. Which is a good thing, so injured animals needing medical care due to human stupidity can get help. I strongly suggest everyone buy and read their copy ASAP.
About the Author
J.M. Sutherland, a wildlife enthusiast and resident of Calgary, Canada, is a passionate defender of animals and their rights. She is a strong advocate of giving animals a voice for freedom from abuse, being slaughtered, or loss of habitat. Don’t even get her started on the topic of zoos.