Nicknamed the philosopher of the forest, Sam Campbell was a writer, photographer, radio personality, promoter, lecturer and especially a devoted student of living nature. His summer home, which he titled the Sanctuary of Wegimind, was a game preserve in the forests of northern Wisconsin, near the town of Three Lakes. There he studied, mainly in the summertime, the ways of wild animals, "their habits, their work, their play, and the examples they set for human beings in right living."
On Wings of Cheer takes the reader again to the sanctuary in the north woods of Wisconsin. As the story opens, the country is under the enchantment of fall haze and dazzlingly brilliant foliage. It is unseasonably warm, and the purple finches, robins and sparrows are singing like it is spring instead of fall. Here we catch our first glimpse of clever Cheer, the remarkable, friendly red-winged blackbird, who has delayed his migratory flight to enjoy Sanctuary hospitality. Follow Sam Campbell's many exciting adventures through a full year, from the excitement of Old Charley (a five hundred pound too friendly black bear), to a grand Christmas in the woods and trouble crossing broken ice the following spring. Paperback, 236 pages.