Falconer on the Edge

Falconer on the Edge

A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West

Book - 2009
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Houghton
Rachel Dickinson profiles falconer Steve Chindgren, a man willing to make extreme sacrifices to continue practicing the sport that has ruled his life. Dickinson arrives at a sense of falconry’s allure: the unpredictable nature of the hunt and the soaring exhilaration of success.

Further exploration unveils the enormous emotional cost to a falconer who establishes an extraordinary tie to his birds. When, in the space of two days, Chindgren loses two birds that he’d been training for years, he is plunged into a profound depression that is only deepened when Jomo, his best bird, slows down because of old age.

In addition to this challenge, Chindgren faces the danger to falconry that the modern world presents. Grouse habitat is being degraded by mining, agriculture, and gas industry interests. And the number of falconers is dwindlingthe corps is graying and has few acolytes.

Falconry is a sport that requires persistence, stoicism, and sacrifice; in this captivating account, Dickinson illuminates a fascinating subculture and one of its most hard core personalities.


Baker & Taylor
Documents the tactics employed by an "extreme falconer" who has made considerable sacrifices in his dedication to the sport and his advocacy of the raptors he has trained, tracing his struggles with depression after losing some of his closest bird companions while identifying the human dangers that are threatening falcon survival.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 0618806237
9780618806232
Branch Call Number: 799.232092 DIC
Characteristics: xvii, 220 p. ; 22 cm

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