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From bears to humans, when there’s a mom around, there’s no messing with her. They protect their young fiercely and without hesitation. Human moms are also known for protecting each other’s children, and they take their role as mothers even further, extending their maternal instincts out to their pets.
In the video you’re about to watch, you see how those instincts kick in—no matter what a mom is doing. The video is a surveillance video at the front entrance of a gorgeous home with a long, grey brick driveway that stretches upward and to the left of the view.
It’s a great angle that captures the front of the home and up toward the entrance of the driveway—the home is surrounded by beautiful greenery, with shrubs, tall trees, and decorative plants throughout.
The video shows this image for a few seconds before you see a bald eagle swoop in, arriving from the front open balcony, flying underneath the front door’s awning, with its claws ready to capture its prey.
Bald eagles move quickly—they’ve seen you before you even catch a glimpse of them and they’re bold, never afraid to take down large prey. Sadly, even small dogs are snatched up by bald eagles.
In this case, the bald eagle has managed to grab hold of a pet goose. Immediately, the goose starts shrieking in distress. The bald eagle may have bitten off more than it could chew because it struggles to take flight with the goose’s neck in its claws.
The pet goose can be seen struggling, flapping its wings violently as it gets dragged across the driveway. The bald eagle has managed to make it at least a dozen feet away before a woman can be heard yelling, “Hey!” in the background.
She keeps screaming, “Hey! Hey!” and comes into view from the front door just as the bald eagle releases the goose for a second. Bold as ever, the bald eagle tries again to grab hold of the goose but is unable to keep its claws on it.
It flies off.
The woman, watching the scene unfold, runs out toward the bald eagle in nothing but grey underpants and—get this—her nursing baby suckling on her breast. Her long blonde hair is tied neatly back, and she makes her way hurriedly, and barefoot, toward her spooked goose.
The goose runs for safety toward the house as the woman creates a protective barrier between her goose and the fleeing eagle.
Yes, she was occupied but so what? A mom can always handle more than one task at a time. In this case, she was providing sustenance and casually saving the life of her pet from an attacking bald eagle.
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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