Peregrine Spring: A Master Falconer's Extraordinary Life with Birds of Prey

Peregrine Spring: A Master Falconer's Extraordinary Life with Birds of Prey


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·A New York Times eBook bestseller
·Winner of the Best Book of 2016, New England Outdoor Writers Association

·Foreword by bestselling authors Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
·85 million people in the U.S. are interested in birds and birding.
Peregrine Spring gives readers a new perspective on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Cowan’s raptors have immersed her so much into their world that she has found herself courted by a Goshawk and bossed about by a Harris’ Hawk. The book carries her readers along, so they, too, meet hawks and falcons in ways they never imagined possible.

Nancy Cowan is a master falconer, wildlife rescue expert, and award-winning writer. She and her husband founded the internationally-known New Hampshire School of Falconry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493029976
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 744,744
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nancy Cowan is a master falconer, wildlife rescue expert, sled-dog sportswriter and historian, popular speaker, and award-winning writer. After spearheading a years-long campaign to win legalization for falconry in the state of New Hampshire, she and her husband founded the internationally-known New Hampshire School of Falconry. A licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Nancy has worked with a variety of hawk and falcon species which have been injured or orphaned and frequently is consulted by local wildlife rehab centers and New Hampshire Audubon Society on the care and rehabilitation of injured birds. The school website can be found at Cowan’s writing has appeared in DogWorld, Yankee Magazine, DOGFANCY, and Down East magazines as well as club and breed publications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Sy Montgomery Elizabeth Marshall Thomas xi

Prologue xv

Part 1 Owned by a Hawk

Chapter 1 A Different Way of Life 3

Chapter 2 I Begin 13

Chapter 3 Meeting Injun 19

Chapter 4 The Attack and the Mission 23

Chapter 5 Compatibility on Injun's Terms 31

Chapter 6 Goshawk in the Bedroom 37

Chapter 7 Injun on "Suffering Fools" 41

Chapter 8 Moving to the Right Place 45

Chapter 9 People in Kilts 49

Chapter 10 How High Should You Go? 53

Chapter 11 Thin Ice and Pheasants 63

Chapter 12 Hawkdogs 69

Chapter 13 Bird Years 79

Chapter 14 The Importance of Being Injun 89

Part 2 A Tale of Two Peregrines

Chapter 15 Tapped for a New Role 99

Chapter 16 Suspicious Characters 109

Chapter 17 Licensed! 113

Chapter 18 Meet a Bird Named N-Z 121

Chapter 19 The Dance Begins 125

Chapter 20 Can He Fly? 133

Chapter 21 Airborne 141

Chapter 22 Flying To Despair 153

Chapter 23 Only Optimists Need Apply 165

Part 3 A Life Filled with Raptors

Chapter 24 Bubba 171

Chapter 25 Contract Attorneys and Partnerships 177

Chapter 26 Summer Flights 181

Chapter 27 Moving Day for Falcons 187

Chapter 28 Cowan's Falcon "Nursery" 193

Chapter 29 Tabasco 199

Chapter 30 Mosby, the Gray Ghost 203

Chapter 31 Emma's Great Adventure 209

Chapter 32 Jazz 215

Chapter 33 Lightning in a Bottle 221

Chapter 34 Sidekick 227

Chapter 35 Winterizing Harris's Hawks 233

Chapter 36 Making In 237

Chapter 37 Crash 243

Chapter 38 Well-Groomed 249

Chapter 39 Scout 253

Chapter 40 Peregrine Spring 259

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author really knows how to write. It isn’t often that we find a book that pulls you in and keeps your attention riveted to the pages that are themselves rapidly being turned. It’s not a knack or a trick that is behind this, it’s pure talent, hard work and practice that get you there. I’m not generally a reader of animal books, though I am an ecologist, but this book is different. It’s all about how a human and a bird become one. It reminded me a great deal of the movie, The Birdman of Alcatraz, where Richard Stroud serving a long sentence at Leavenworth in his mind flies free with the help of his avian friends. So too does Nancy Cowan on the wings of her beloved raptors. We learn a great deal about peregrines but also about other falcons and hawks. In addition, dogs are very much involved, something that came as a surprise to me. As strange as it may seem, the dogs and birds teamed up with the human to make for a very efficient hunting “machine,” with the bird playing a leading role in all this. Just a caution, there will be blood. These birds are no canaries, they kill small furry animals for lunch and they know where to attack a human. It seems our most vulnerable organ is the eye. In this book we cringe alongside the author as that damned wild red-tailed swoops toward us again with outstretched razor sharp talons aimed right at our eyeball! So while you’re reading keep an eye out over your shoulder!