(But not in that horrifying, Jurassic Park kind of way.)
The Art of Falconry has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 17, now that the weather is not so hot. So before you go, you might be wondering: what is falconry? What are raptors? Here are a couple of books to introduce you to the topic:
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Probably like a lot of modern kids, I first learned about falconry in this book. Catching and training a hunting bird is just one of the things Sam does to help him survive in the Catskill Mountains. The same characters appear in other books, such as Frightful’s Daughter, by the same author.
Pocket Guide to the Outdoors by Jean Craighead George
If reading those books inspires you to do a little camping and exploring of your own, check out this book based on My Side of the Mountain.
About Raptors: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
Get answers to basic questions about different kinds of birds of prey in this book for younger readers.
Birds of Prey Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife by Pamela Hickman
Older readers can get a more in-depth look at raptors, the threats they face, and some of the conservation groups that are working to help the birds survive.
Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian by Kathryn Lasky
In this book by the author of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, Matty (Maid Marian) grows up to be an expert falconer with the ability to communicate with birds.
Passager: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book One by Jane Yolen
In another twist on an old story, a boy living alone in the woods rediscovers his identity with the help of the falconer who adopts him.
Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators by Jim Arnosky
Bird-loving illustrator Jim Arnosky shares facts and personal experiences along with paintings and drawings of birds on pages that open out to life-size.