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Green Mountain Falconry School

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Manchester, VT, USA
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About Green Mountain Falconry School
Green Mountain Falconry School allows visitors an insight into raptor conservation, the falconers' world, and the birds that occupy it. Master falconer Rob Waite has been practicing falcony for 30 years. GMFS offers introductory handling lessons and Hawk walk programs. Experience the exhilaration of handling and flying a trained Harris Hawk in the beautiful setting of Vermont's Green Mountains!
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Shawn Starkweather wrote a review Sep 2021
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Wonderful experience. To look a hawk or falcon in the eye as it rests on your arm is a pretty amazing thing. Rob was awesome to work with. He was extremely flexible in scheduling and you can tell he has a real love for his work. I was comfortable with him right away and that helped put me at ease with the birds. I highly recommend making use of his mastery of the art! Thank you Rob!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you, Shawn! It was great to meet you and Denise and I was so happy that we could find a dry day to get you out there with the hawks. I was thrilled to be a small part of your amazing adventure and hope that the birds will inspire you in your future books! Best wishes and many thanks for taking the time to review us. Rob
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Erin J wrote a review Jul 2021
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We hoped for a great experience, we left with so much more. The feel of the wind as the hawk swoops overhead, the view of the glorious birds eagerly hunting, and the company of a master. Rob is funny, intelligent, engaging and just all around amazing. Well with every penny. If you are at all interested in birds of prey, go. You won't be disappointed.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School
Responded Sep 1, 2021
Thank you so much for such a great review! After missing a season due to the pandemic, it is so good to be back and even better to hear that you enjoyed your visit. I had a blast meeting you both and sharing the hawks with you - thank you for letting everyone know what you thought about your time with the hawks. Best wishes. Rob
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NIKieser wrote a review Sep 2019
Phoenix, Arizona129 contributions55 helpful votes
My husband and I did the lesson and walk and loved every minute of it! Rob was an excellent teacher and happily answered all of our many questions. Seeing the hawks up close and personal was unforgettable, not to mention the thrill of having them fly back and forth to our outstretched hand. It was neat to walk through the woods and have them swoop right over our heads, following us the entire time. We're very happy the threatened rain didn't develop so we were able to enjoy this experience, which I'm sure we'll be talking about for years to come!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School
Responded Sep 22, 2019
Thanks so much for coming - I'm so pleased you had a good time (and the weather cooperated!). Explaining what happens on the walk is difficult and you did a great job doing so. The fact that they follow, return and buzz past us so harmlessly are all elements of the program that are so well received. And having you describe it having had first-hand experience is perfect - thank you for writing your review. Best. Rob
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LaineCincy wrote a review Aug 2019
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This is one of the coolest experiences I've ever had!! Ten years ago I stumbled upon this falconry school and on a whim took a lesson. It was surreal to learn about the birds and how they are flown, and then get to go out to the field and do it myself! You learn how to send them off, call them back, and even how to take them on a walk through private trails. Rob Waite, the master falconer, teaches you so much in an hour you walk away reeling with newfound knowledge and experience. I loved it so much I booked another lesson last weekend, thinking it couldn't possibly live up to the magic of our first time, but it absolutely did! I dare say it was even better! I would recommend this wholeheartedly as one of the best things you can possibly do while traveling.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School
Responded Aug 23, 2019
Thank you for such a kind review! Your enthusiasm for the birds really shows through (not surprisingly, I share this with you!). And it's always great to have guests come back, particularly so for those who haven't yet checked out where we relocated to. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it as much (or even more!) than your first time. Don't stop at two visits! Best wishes. Rob
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Lois W wrote a review Jul 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania72 contributions17 helpful votes
We booked this through the Equinox and it was worth the price. To have a hawk sit on your arm was unbelievable but then to have it fly off and return was spectacular. Rob gave us the introductory lesson and he was excellent - knowledgeable and patient. It really was a once in a life time experience that we can't stop talking about.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Rob W, Owner at Green Mountain Falconry School
Responded Jul 31, 2019
It's great to hear that you had such a good time on your recent visit and even better to know that you can't stop talking about it! It is word-of-mouth and Trip Advisor reviews like yours that gets the word out and keeps us busy, so thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Hope you can make it back for the Hawk Walk. Best. Rob
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