Falconry

Today we were joined by STEM School's very own Dr. Jennifer Campbell-Smith, a high school science teacher and ornithologist (bird scientist). Dr. Campbell-Smith has a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and a PhD in Biological Sciences. She has extensive research experience and knowledge in studying social behavior of wild American crows. She and her husband also practice falconry!

From Dr. Jenn, we learned all about the rich history and modern practice of falconry—which UNESCO has designated a living, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. She shared her own fascinating experiences of training birds and hunting with them, as well as the accomplishments of other women falconers in this male dominated sport. Her passion and knowledge were truly inspiring. Thank you Dr. Jenn!

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Chris Packham puts a northern goshawk through its paces in the lab.