From peering through a set of binoculars to getting up close and personal, join host Erick Baker and the trusty Tennessee Uncharted crew as we change our perspective on birds of prey.
We start out this week's episode scanning the sky from atop Soddy Mountain with hawk watching volunteer Bill Haley. He gives Erick a lesson in patience as he explains the finer points of observing hawk migration in this very unique location. From here, Erick is inspired to learn more about these amazing birds at the Clinch River Raptor Center, where Director Katie Cottrell arms him with a bird pooper-scooper and valuable knowledge that has benefited thousands of lives, both avian and human, since 1985.
Vincent Pontello, Region III Wildlife Biologist with the TWRA, takes Erick and the crew into the woods to experience falconry (hunting with birds of prey) first-hand. Finally, Chef Tim Love gives Erick a personal lesson in cooking Texas cuisine in the heart of Old Knoxville, at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.
Hawk migration, raptor rehabilitation, falconry and rattlesnake and rabbit sausage: this episode is a testament to how often we can find something wild and exotic in our very own backyards.