I’m sitting in the Outdoor Revival office, looking out of the window at the persistent rain and I’m imagining being in Western Canada with Nikki Van Schyndel aka Daisy Crocket as she experiences the things she talks about in this article and video. It seems like a work away and yet it’s not…
Here are some more adventures from Daisy Crocket:
I’ve become an expert in Rain. Living in a temperate, coastal rainforest will give you such credentials without a lot of effort and even for me, whose enthusiasm for life is usually in the high stratosphere, the dark, wet gloom of our mercurial gray and dried, seaweed-green landscape can make my mind rattle on a hundred reasons for staying indoors.
The truth is, we really do miss out on all kinds of opportunities, discoveries and adventures while taking refuge under our invisible, wide-brimmed witches hats.
Risking the flattened, matted, hat-hair stuck to cheeks, the makeup smeared faces, the awful, wet jean feeling and eventual pervasive dampness of all clothing, is totally worth it. I’ve been having the most epic, wildlife encounters in all kinds of rainstorms and meeting many of The Broughton’s big baby animals.
A brown, splotchy patterned, baby eagle grows a pound of body weight every four days until it is six weeks old, by then it is fully feathered and nearly as large as its parents.
At around three months the big babies finally take their first flight and will stay with their parents for up to 5 months learning how to fish and hunt together. When I was a volunteer at a raptor rehab center, anyone wanting to work with the Eagles had to prove they could hold up a gallon water jug with an outstretched arm, for over a minute.
If you couldn’t, you’d soon feel the sharp talons of an eagle inching it’s may towards your neck as your arm sagged under its weight. A female adult eagle living on the rich salmon of the coast can weigh 17 pounds with a wingspan of 8 feet.
The chubbiest babies I’ve seen lately have been the little harbor seals. Little round heads hiding close to shore with their 300 pound mamas are popping up near their favorite haul outs or in calm, hidden sanctuaries. Weighing up to 35 pounds at birth, seal pups quickly double their weight in 3 – 4 weeks, with their mother’s fatty milk.
And then there are the baby humpbacks…our little treasures here in The Broughtons. I spent hours standing on a tiny islet filming a mama and her baby lunge feeding around me.
Born 10-15 feet long, weighing about a ton, these big babies stay with their mothers for a year, feeding and learning their migration route all the way from the warm waters of Hawaii. Eventually, they too will balloon into the 50 foot, 40 ton, herculean sized whale.
Meet The Broughton’s biggest babies…
For more information on humpback whales of The Broughton Archipelago and to download a humpback whale identification catalog visit: http://www.mersociety.org/researchhumpbacks.htm
Thanks for the article Daisy and we hope there’s many more adventures to share with us all.
Nikki van Schyndel
Adventurer – Wilderness Guide – Expert Tracker & Primitive Survivalist
Tired of waiting for her plane to crash or a worldwide technical disaster to create a real-life survival emergency, Nikki paid someone to abandon her on a deserted island in the wilderness for nearly two years, testing her skills and learning the truths of survival. From dream home to lean-to, diamonds to bear claws, Nikki shares this incredible journey in her bestselling book Becoming Wild.
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