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Sy Montgomery

Biography

Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author of 31 acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including THE HUMMINGBIRDS' GIFT, the National Book Award finalist THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS, and the memoir THE GOOD GOOD PIG, which was a New York Times bestseller. The recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, writer Howard Mansfield, and a border collie.

Sy Montgomery

Books by Sy Montgomery

by Sy Montgomery - Memoir, Nature, Nonfiction

When Sy Montgomery went to spend a day at falconer Nancy Cowan’s farm, home to a dozen magnificent birds of prey, it was the start of a deep love affair. Nancy allowed her to work with Jazz, a feisty, four-year-old, female Harris’s hawk with a wingspan of more than four feet. Not a pet, Jazz was a fierce predator with talons that could pierce skin and bone, yet she was willing to work with a human to hunt. From the first moment Jazz swept down from a tree and landed on her leather gloved fist, Sy fell under the hawk’s magnetic spell. Over the next few years, she spent more time with these magnificent creatures, getting to know their extraordinary abilities and instincts.

by Sy Montgomery - Nature, Nonfiction

As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of 61 MPH, and beating their wings more than 60 times a second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first emerge from their eggs. With tenderness and patience, Brenda Sherburn rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In THE HUMMINGBIRDS' GIFT, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are.