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H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

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Helen Macdonald’s best-selling book H Is for Hawk told the saga of a grieving daughter who found healing in training a goshawk. Now she digs deeper into the world of these raptors by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own.

H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

Falconer Helen Macdonald Takes Goshawk for Test Flight

Author and falconer Helen Macdonald takes her new goshawk Lupin out for a first test flight. As a precaution, the hawk is tethered with a long line of braided cotton called a creance and outfitted with a radio transmitter should it fly out of sight.

H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

First Meeting Between Helen Macdonald and Goshawk ‘Lupin’

People have trained hawks for thousands of years and a hawk must always be tamed from scratch. Witness a tense first meeting between “H Is for Hawk” author Helen Macdonald and her new trainee–a goshawk she has named Lupin.

H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

5 Great Resources about the Goshawk

Want to learn more about the reclusive and notoriously fierce goshawk? Visit these sites: Cornell Ornithology Lab Want to know their range? The source of their name? What their call sounds like? Cornell Ornithology lab once again provides a comprehensive and well researched guide to the goshawk and virtually every bird you can imagine. Discover […]

H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter

H is for Hawk: A Memoir of Grief, Falconry and Self-Discovery

Nearly three years ago, author Helen Macdonald made a grand entrance into U.S. literary circles with her memoir, H Is for Hawk. Dubbed a “beautiful and nearly feral book” by The New York Times, H Is for Hawk took readers on a journey through the author’s grief at the unexpected death of her father and […]

Charlie & the Curious Otters

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The elusive, playful, and adaptable otter has the distinction of having mastered both the aquatic and terrestrial worlds. They are equally adept at hunting underwater as they are foraging and chasing prey in a forest. But they are not easy to spot, despite the fact there are 13 different species on earth. Although they’ve been […]

Charlie & the Curious Otters

Giant River Otters Defeat Large Black Caiman

Giant river otters, with vulnerable young cubs, discover a large black caiman in their territory. Identifying it as a threat they work together, systematically attacking it and eventually defeating it.

Charlie & the Curious Otters

Adorable Otter Orphans Learn to Swim

At only eight weeks old, otter cubs need to tackle an essential survival skill; learning to swim. Curiously, baby otters don’t really like water, so their caregiver needs to teach them an most important life lesson–water isn’t something to be afraid of.