Set in Mongolia, this beautifully filmed documentary follows the teenager Aisholpan’s journey as she trains to becomes the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.

With the help of her father, she learns how to train golden eagles, and she even captures and trains her own eaglet. She goes on to compete in the annual traditional Eagle Festival, where their heritage is celebrated, and the skills of the birds and their trainers are demonstrated.

Watch the movie trailer here.

Famous eagle huntress Aysholpan
Famous eagle huntress Aysholpan, center right

This movie is a reminder of the exciting upcoming spring migration of our North American Golden Eagles as they travel through the Central Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania to their breeding grounds north of here. In late February and early-to-mid March is the best time to see them, near Tussey Mountain. Here are some articles to learn more about these magnificent predators and where best to view them.

Golden Eagles Migrating North in PennLive.

Pennsylvania Plays Prominent Role in Golden Eagle Migration by Greg Grove in Wildlife for Everyone Organization magazine

Tussey Mountain Spring Hawk Watch

Heidi Shiver, Bird Town Pennsylvania President and PA Audubon Council Secretary

Photo: Golden Eagle Festival Mongolia 19 by Gabideen, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.