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  • (makes bird call)

  • - Don't go anywhere.

  • - [Voiceover] Being in a bald eagle nest is surreal.

  • This is a wild animal.

  • - She's being rowdy.

  • - [Voiceover] It's very capable of hurting you

  • if you're not careful,

  • so you have to take your time.

  • - A little rough, huh? Sorry about that.

  • - [Voiceover] It's an experience that's hard to describe.

  • - My name is Jim Campbell-Spickler.

  • I'm a forest canopy ecologist

  • and a wildlife biologist.

  • And I'm pretty sure I have the best job in the world.

  • (birds tweeting)

  • - [Voiceover] My job is to climb into the eagle's nest

  • and capture and work with chicks.

  • - Yeah, he's a monster.

  • - [Voiceover] And the reason why we're doing this is,

  • we're trying to get blood samples.

  • and we can use those blood samples

  • to look at environmental contaminants

  • and how they get into the bald eagles' food source.

  • - Gonna make me chase ya, huh?

  • Why don't you come off there. Come down.

  • - [Voiceover] It's a challenging species to work with.

  • It's got a really sharp, hooked beak.

  • And its talons are big and powerful.

  • And you don't wanna let him grab ahold of you,

  • because they can really do some damage.

  • - Alright. Let's go down.

  • - [Voiceover] This is a wild animal

  • so you never know what could happen.

  • (gasps and groans)

  • The Channel Islands are an island chain

  • off the coast of Southern California.

  • - These two guys don't look too bad.

  • - [Voiceover] They're a desert island system.

  • You get out there and you can stand on top of these bluffs

  • and you can see the Pacific.

  • A whole 360-degree view

  • of just the most beautiful ocean you can ever imagine.

  • You've got not only bald eagles,

  • you have peregrine falcons

  • that are nesting on the sea cliffs.

  • - Just tell me if she's comin' in.

  • (grunts)

  • - [Voiceover] You've got a host of different sea birds.

  • And it's just a magical place.

  • Our research, it may look invasive, but really,

  • one of our primary concerns is the safety

  • of these young birds that we're handling,

  • so we go to great lengths

  • to ensure that we don't injure them

  • and that when we put them back in the nest,

  • they're just as well-off

  • as when we first encountered them.

  • - He likes you.

  • - [Woman] Oh, hi!

  • - The bald eagle's our national bird

  • so it's quite an honor for me

  • to get to work with this species.

  • Quite often I'll just sit in that nest for a moment

  • and just take in the view

  • and just think, "wow," you know,

  • It's just an honor to get up there,

  • be able to share that view and that experience with them

  • just for that moment in time.

(makes bird call)

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Just Call Him the 'Eagle Whisperer'

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    許大善 posted on 2019/11/01
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