BUCK THE CUBICLE
Buck the Cubicle is a mini-documentary series featuring people who get out, get dirty and find inspiration in all manner of offbeat occupations. This episode is a three minute vignette of Lauren's unique relationship with the golden eagle Miles.
Lauren assisted GroPro in producing this mini-documentary "Eagle Hunters in a New World". She took the GoPro team to visit the eagle hunters whom she apprenticed under as a Fulbright scholar and harnessed GoPros to record the eagle's perspective during a hunt. The behind-the scenes video can be seen here. The project was sparked by this Photo of the Day.
bbc world service: the conversation
The ancient art of falconry holds a magical appeal for our guests this week. Helen MacDonald and Lauren McGough talk to Kim Chakanetsa about why they were drawn to this ancient tradition, the unique relationship they form with their birds, and the concerns of those who consider it cruel.
Stretching their Wings - Lauren McGough became a falconer as a teenager. Now her compassionate training with Miles, a troubled Golden Eagle, has given him a new life. Article by Asher Elbein and photos by Ilana Panich-Linsman
Mother of Dragons - On the Oklahoma plains with the great American eagle huntress. Article by Eric Benson and photos by Suzanne Tennant.
OVERLAND, directed and produced by Revere La Noue and Elisabeth Haviland James, is a feature documentary (currently in post- production) about the stories of three extraordinary people whose passion for the ancient art of falconry leads them on adventures across four continents. Originally from Oklahoma, Lauren is collecting falconry secrets from around the world as she attempts to to save an African Crowned Eagle. On a small farm in the hills of Abruzzo, Italy, Giovanni confronts a life of tragedy by reviving the naturalist values of a 13th-century Master Falconer. On the outskirts of Dubai, Khalifa relies on his Bedouin heritage as he leads his family of falcon racers through a tumultuous season. A “nature story about humans,” Overland will take you on a journey through the grasslands of the American prairies, the Scottish hills, the Italian countryside, the Rub' al Khali desert in the United Arab Emirates, the fields of Azerbaijan and the tip of the Kalahari desert in South Africa to discover what it means to become a trusted partner of the wild.