Harris Center in Hancock hosting hawk presentation

  • An American kestrel. PHOTO BY TIANNE STROMBECK

  • Sy Montgomery with a hawk. PHOTO BY TIANNE STROMBECK

Published: 6/21/2022 10:47:51 AM
Modified: 6/21/2022 10:47:31 AM

Harris Center for Conservation Education and Hancock Town Library will present “The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty,” with Sy Montgomery and Tianne Strombeck, Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the center, 83 Kings Way in Hancock.

Author Sy Montgomery and wildlife photographer TianneStrombeck will discuss their latest collaboration, “The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty.” When Montgomery went to spend a day at falconer Nancy Cowan’s farm, home to a dozen birds of prey, Cowan allowed her to work with Jazz, a 4-year-old, female Harris’s hawk with a wingspan of more than four feet.

Over the next few years, Montgomery spent more time with the birds, getting to know their abilities and instincts. In her account, featuring 16 pages of color photographs, Montgomery reveals the world of hawks and what they can teach about nature, life and love.

Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author of 31 books of nonfiction for adults and children, including “The Hummingbirds’ Gift,” the National Book Award finalist “The Soul of an Octopus” and the memoir “The Good Good Pig,” which was a New York Times bestseller. Her honors include lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, and she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, writer Howard Mansfield, and a border collie.

Originally trained as an oil painter, Strombeck now creates photographic portraits of nature to promote conservation and wildlife education. Her work has appeared in numerous books, including Montgomery’s “The Soul of an Octopus,” “Condor Comeback,” “The Hummingbirds' Gift” and “The Hawk's Way.” To see additional examples of her work, visit her galleries at tianimal.com.

Register by calling the library at 603-525-4411. Masks are encouraged inside the Harris Center. The event is free and open to all.


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