Licensed under US Fish & Wildlife Service and NH Fish & Game Department, it has been named “One of New England’s Top Five Animal Experiences” by Yankee Magazine and has thrilled thousands of people since it began.
School facilities are based at Jim and Nancy’s home, an old estate, in Deering, New Hampshire, on the edge of the Monadnock region. The school’s South-Central location is reached by highways from all directions, making it easily accessible. Arrive here, and you find yourself surrounded by beautiful grounds developed and tended over nearly one hundred years.
The property consists of twenty-nine acres of woodland, cascading streams, gardens in flower during the spring and summer, and towering maples that glow with brilliant colors during fall foliage season. Trails abound and make for exciting and breathtaking walks done while students work more independently with the raptors.
On the school property is the Cowans’ home, a house built in 1789, along with older barns, a greenhouse classroom, a carriage house garage, and mews for the eleven raptors living on the property. Birds belonging to the School and that interact with students are Banshee, the peregrine falcon, and three Harris’s Hawks, Ember, Spike and Scooter. Besides the school birds, Jim and Nancy each have their own falconry birds, a North American Goshawk, two Gyrfalcons, two hybrid falcons and another Harris’s Hawk. A very special addition is a Lanner falcon, a species exotic to North America. “Banner the Lanner” is famous the world over for ground breaking eye surgery that restored her vision.
Hunts are held in the fall season and are located at The Timberdoodle Club of Temple, NH, the oldest wing-shooting club of the state and a beautifully conserved area of woods and fields reminiscent of New England in the prior century.