Bylane Book Club + Lecture: Flyaway with Suzie Gilbert

by Apr 27, 2022News0 comments

How would you like to make like a bird and Flyaway?

You’ll have two chances to do just that with Hudson Valley writer and wildlife rehabilitator Suzie Gilbert…

Book Club Meeting

Join the Bylane Book Club to discuss Suzie’s captivating memoir, Flyaway: How a Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings. In it, Suzie tells the rollicking story of how she turned her family life upside down to pursue her unusual passion for rehabilitating wild birds. Often funny, sometimes painful, Gilbert’s encounters with these beautiful creatures reveal profound truths not only about animals but also about our own lives—lessons of birth and death, suffering and empathy, holding on and letting go.

Monday, May 9, 7:00pm. Cost: Free.  Email Susan  to register or call 914-302-9713.  The meeting will take place outdoors at Bylane Farm (weather permitting). New readers are always welcome! The book is available to borrow from the Westchester Library System or is available to purchase in print and as an e-book.


Don’t miss our return to the Katonah Village Library for lecture by Suzie Gilbert! Suzie will recount tales of mishap, rescue, and the occasional miracle from her wildlife rehabber days. After 11 years, Suzie Gilbert left her job at a sanctuary for birds of prey and opened Flyaway, Inc., her own small songbirds-only wildlife rehabilitation center. As she and her family slid down the slippery slope of a home-based non-profit, they attempted to find balance while Great Blue Herons took over the spare bathroom, Turkey Vultures recuperated in the garage, released crows circled the house, and nestling songbirds required feeding every 20 minutes. Suzie will also let us in on the bonds she forged with her fellow rehabbers – the slightly off-kilter group of people whose mission is to heal injured wildlife and return them to their homes.

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00pm. Cost: Free. Registration is not required.

About Suzie: Suzie Gilbert is a wildlife rehabilitator and the author of the memoir Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings (HarperCollins), the children’s book Hawk Hill (Chronicle Books), and the suspenseful wildlife adventure novel Unflappable (Perch Press). She has written environmental columns, articles, and blogs, and lives in the Hudson Highlands of New York.


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