‘H Is For Hawk’ Screening Features Live Birds of Prey

Audiences will get a bird’s-eye view of some majestic Idaho raptors during a screening of the Nature documentary H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter.

Falconers and raptor biologists from the Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey and Boise State University’s Intermountain Bird Observatory will be on hand with live hawks and will answer questions from the audience.

The event takes place Tuesday, November 14, from 6 to 8 PM in the Meridian Middle School auditorium [map]. This all-ages event is free to the public. No registration is required.

A raptor featured in the "Nature" documentary "H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter." Photo credit: Rahoul Ghose/PBS
A raptor featured in the Nature documentary H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter. Photo credit: Rahoul Ghose/PBS

Idaho Public Television will present a screening of the one-hour Nature documentary H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter, which features the continuing saga of author Helen Macdonald.

After the unexpected death of her photojournalist father, Macdonald overcame her grief by training an adult goshawk, one of nature’s most notoriously wild and free-spirited birds of prey. She had trained birds before, but never this goshawk named Mabel. Macdonald found healing in that cathartic experience, which became the basis for her 2014 memoir, H Is for Hawk.

Now, 10 years after training Mabel (who died of an untreatable infection just before the author finished writing her book), Macdonald is ready to take on the challenge again, prompted by watching how a pair of wild goshawks reared their chicks in an English forest. This Nature film accompanies her on visits to the pair’s nest to observe the latest developments and follows Macdonald’s emotional and intimate journey as she adopts a young goshawk and attempts to raise it as her own: feeding, nurturing, and training her new charge in the hopes the months of preparation will culminate in a successful first free flight.

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