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Eastern Oregon eagle will be featured on ‘Earth Live’ this weekend

A golden eagle launches off Oregon trainer Cordi Atkinson’s fist.
A golden eagle launches off Oregon trainer Cordi Atkinson’s fist. Provided by Cordi Atkinson

National Geographic and BBC come to the high desert this Sunday to film one of the golden eagles trained by Vale, Ore., trainers for “Earth Live.”

Joe and Cordi Atkinson will be flying a golden eagle with a backpack camera and GPS for the broadcast, which airs live from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday on the National Geographic Channel and streams live from the National Geographic Channel website.

The show bills itself as “the Earth’s greatest wildlife, shot by the world’s greatest cinematographers.” The Atkinsons’ eagle shares the two-hour broadcast with several other amazing wild animals around the globe, including hyenas in Ethiopia and Old World monkeys in India.

This week’s broadcast is hosted by actress Jane Lynch.

Read a previous Statesman story about eagle trainers Joe and Cordi Atkinson here.

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