Ghosts of the Cortilanes, September 2019

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Readers last met Mena in "Chasing the Cortilane." Now, two decades later, disaster strikes, and Mena must find her way through crushing grief while protecting her beloved cortilanes. But could it be that the cortilanes are protecting her, too?

Birds have long been seen as psychopomps, since they cross the boundary between earth and sky. And there's been increasing research on the complex inner lives of non-human animals. These two ideas came together in this story.