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Boise biologist brings tree climbing to new heights.

Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio, July 12, 2019.

Climbing trees is a way to break through boundaries to a place where anything is possible.

The transformative power of climbing trees

Some places can’t be reached by roads, and sometimes the path to personal discovery is laid out not on the ground, but braided by ropes and hanging from a tree. David Anderson began climbing tall trees to study birds of prey in the forest canopy of Honduras. In the limbs of the rainforest’s tallest trees, David made a discovery he never anticipated:

An internal transformation that only occurs when suspended by ropes in tall trees. David is a research and conservation biologist specializing in birds of prey and forest canopies. He has also spent the past 25 years climbing trees for research, exploration, and education. He credits tree-climbing in tropical rainforests with awakening a deeper awareness of himself and a better appreciation for the world and people around him. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Maddie, at a public tree climb:

"You are the good we need to see in the world."


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Join raptor scientist and founder of Canopy Watch David Anderson as he talks about his experiences climbing trees to study the giant Harpy Eagles.

David will be answering your questions about birds, doing science in trees, and teaching tree climbing around the world during the webinar.

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