I’m a freelance writer living in Freeville, New York. My interest in falconry began when I discovered that my husband, Tim Gallagher, was a falconer. We had been married for a couple of years when he came home from work one day with a kestrel, America’s smallest falcon, in a paper bag. It had ended up on his desk at work (he works at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology) because someone there knew of his interest in falcons. The next thing I knew he was building a mews and getting all the paperwork done in order to renew his federal falconry liscense.
In order to better understand Tim’s obsession, I decided to find a hard-core falconer and watch and learn about the sport from him. Steve Chindgren was kind enough to allow me to intrude on his life for about a year and the result is my book, Falconer on the Edge.
This blog won’t just be about falconery, though. The blog will meander through all sorts of topics — like travel and science — that are of interest to me. You can also check out my website www.racheldickinson.com to see more of my articles and photographs.