Kristen Schmitt, Audubon
When Nancy and Jim Cowan decided to become falconers 30 years ago, there was one major problem: Falconry was illegal in New Hampshire, their home state. But they didn’t let that minor detail deter them. Instead, they launched an effort to legalize the sport across the state by lobbying lawmakers and their fellow statesmen. After several years of crusading, the couple emerged victorious, and the sport was legalized in 1988.