Spark Bird – Maya Higa and Bean
Written by Mark Bramhill
Tenijah Hamilton: That is BirdNote.
[Red-tailed Hawk call]
When Maya Higa began interning at a zoo, she wasn’t particularly into birds — till she started rehabilitating a Purple-tailed Hawk named Bean.
Maya Higa: I tube fed him for the primary few nights and obtained him to hunt on his personal once more, after which did this large launch factor. And it was [a] fairly wild expertise, however actually, actually, particular.
[Red-tailed Hawk call]
Tenijah Hamilton: In the meantime, Maya was doing live-streams of herself singing and enjoying guitar on the web site Twitch, only for enjoyable, to a fairly small viewers.
Maya Higa: I advised people who I had a chicken. They usually have been like, you do not have a hawk in your yard. And I used to be like, I do. So I introduced him out.
Tenijah Hamilton: The video went viral, and Maya’s viewers grew from there. 1000’s of viewers watched Bean’s rehabilitation on her streams, forming a bond with the chicken. And this reminded Maya of her schooling work on the zoo:
Maya Higa: It was an analogous feeling to after I was going to school rooms and instructing children they usually have been all actually excited they usually actually favored this explicit animal that they met. And so I spotted that Twitch was a means for me to show folks and do conservation outreach with out having to load animals up in a van and take them locations.
Tenijah Hamilton: Maya then based Alveus, a nonprofit animal sanctuary and digital conservation schooling middle. She livestreams animal care, and does shows in regards to the conservation challenges the animals face — to round 7 or 8,000 folks at a time.
You possibly can study all about Alveus on our podcast, Deliver Birds Again. Discover it in your favourite podcast app, or on our web site, BirdNote.org. I am Tenijah Hamilton.
Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Purple-tailed Hawk ML 166694 recorded by Jay McGowan.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote November 2022
Narrator: Tenijah Hamilton
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