Eighteen years ago, Stanford MBA Michele Raffin pulled off the road to help an injured dove, a momentary impulse that ignited in her a fervent commitment to saving vulnerable bird species. Today, her suburban home plays host to Pandemonium Aviaries, one of the largest avian rescue sanctuaries and endangered breeding facilities in the country, with a maze of 54 individual aviaries that house over 40 species, 14 of which are listed as threatened with extinction. Since its founding, Pandemonium has been savior to over 1,000 birds from 89 species.
The Birds of Pandemonium blends the remarkable tale of Raffin's transformation from MBA/soccer mom to certified aviculturist with the stories of her amazing feathered charges, movingly revealing their unique personalities and complex social systems as they fall in love, mourn, sacrifice, and celebrate. Ultimately, The Birds of Pandemonium tells of one woman's crusade to save precious lives, bird by bird, providing a rare insight into how rescuing others, regardless of species, can lead to true happiness.
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- Beth Keister
Definitely worth the time reading (or listening to it being read). It raises good questions and presents a wonderful picture of being faithful in the little things, of persevering, of appreciation of the created world.
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