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Some years back, as I was in the middle of writing The Ravenstones, I discovered the CWF (CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca) and their monthly publication, Canadian Wildlife. One particular issue I remember provided a great deal of information on the wolverine, detail that had been challenging to obtain elsewhere.
Realizing its value in ensuring accurate information on my characters’ behavior in the wild, it wasn’t long before I began to contribute to the Federation and subscribe to the magazine.
These periodicals became an invaluable source on many of the North American animals that make up this story. At one point, I considered contributing a percentage of the profits from the series to the CWF (and its American sister entity), but then thought I had taken such an artistic license to the characters’ traits, the organization or its members might be offended by the very suggestion.
After all, The Ravenstones series is a work of fiction based on anthropomorphic animals, and it’s certainly neither a scientific tome nor dedicated to celebrating nature, habitat conservation or species preservation. In the end, deciding it would not be appropriate, I chose not to contact the organization or made a public statement to that effect.
As the protection of both animals and habitat is a matter I do care about, I will continue to support the organization and I would encourage every reader to do the same. If (fantasy) readers care equally about these issues, I would encourage them to contribute to this organization or any like-minded entity, international, national or local. There are many worthy and deserving not-for-profits out there.
That being said, deciding to make this post as entertaining and educational as possible, in the vein of so many popular posts in the blogosphere, here are seven things I’ve learned from the CWF journal, Canadian Wildlife:
And now that I’m writing the prequel to The Ravenstones, I invite readers/subscribers to propose any animals they’d like to see included in that book. It’s your chance to promote your favorite feathered or furry creature, one who can be immortalized for evermore in literature! Just reply to this post.