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      大自然的治愈力量使毒販重生

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      As a young man in one of Washington, D.C.'s toughest neighborhoods, Rodney Stotts had little to live for.

      作為一個生活在華盛頓特區最艱苦的社區之一的年輕人,羅德尼·斯托茨幾乎沒有什么活下去的理由。

      His father had been murdered.

      他的父親被殺害了。

      His mother was addicted to drugs.

      他的母親吸毒成癮。

      Many of his friends were dead from gun violence.

      他的許多朋友死于槍支暴力。

      And he expected to end up dead or in jail.

      他也可能最終會死或坐牢。

      But then in 1992, an environmental program changed his life.

      但在1992年,一個環保項目改變了他的生活。

      In his new book Bird Brother, the 51-year-old writes about the "healing power of wildlife" that took him from drug dealer to wildlife expert.

      這名51歲的男子在他的新書“Bird Brother”中寫道,“野生動物的治愈力量”讓他從毒販變成了野生動物專家。

      Stotts told the Reuters news agency, "I went from 'flipping birds' [a street term for selling cocaine] to flying birds, and the destruction that I used to cause in that life, I'm just trying to make up for it.”

      斯托茨告訴路透社:“我從‘飛鳥’(街頭對販賣可卡因這種行為的叫法)到放飛鳥,我只是在努力彌補我過去在那種生活中造成的破壞?!?/p>

      He said he hopes to inspire others to take comfort in nature.

      他說,他希望能激勵其他人從大自然中獲得安慰。

      The environmental program was created by filmmaker and conservationist Bob Nixon.

      這個環保項目是由電影制作人兼環保主義者鮑勃·尼克松創立的。

      Nixon left Hollywood and moved to Washington, D.C. to start Earth Conservation Corps.

      尼克松離開好萊塢,搬到華盛頓特區,成立了地球保護隊。

      Its first goal was to clean the Anacostia River.

      它的第一個目標是清理阿納卡斯蒂亞河。

      At that time, the organization called it the "most polluted river in America."

      當時,該組織稱其為“美國污染最嚴重的河流”。

      It says the river flows "through communities of color with Washington's highest unemployment and crime rates."

      該組織表示,這條河“流經華盛頓失業率和犯罪率最高的有色人種社區”。

      Nixon hired nine young helpers, including Stotts, from a nearby public housing community.

      尼克松從附近的一個公共住房社區雇了9名年輕的助手,其中包括斯托茨。

      For the next several years, Stotts spent his days cleaning up the river.

      在接下來的幾年里,斯托茨每天都在清理這條河。

      He also learned about birds of prey.

      他還了解了猛禽。

      The group helped bring bald eagles back to the city.

      該組織幫助把禿鷹帶回了城市。

      Over time, Stotts found himself drawn more toward caring for birds than selling drugs.

      隨著時間的推移,斯托茨發現自己更喜歡照顧鳥類,而不是販賣毒品。

      Stotts said the more he moved away from drugs, the happier he seemed to get.

      斯托茨說,他越遠離毒品,他似乎就越快樂。

      Along the way, Stotts also wanted to become a master falconer.

      在此過程中,斯托茨也想成為一名訓鷹大師。

      Becoming a master falconer requires two main steps: passing a state test and finding a sponsor.

      成為一名訓鷹大師需要兩個主要步驟:通過州測試和找到贊助者。

      The sponsor teaches the important lessons of falconry: the ethics of the sport; how to identify, trap, and care for the birds; and how to release them back into the wild.

      贊助者教授訓鷹的重要課程:這項運動的行為準則;如何識別、誘捕和照顧鳥類;以及如何將它們放歸野外。

      However, many possible sponsors did not take him seriously.

      然而,許多可能的贊助者并沒有認真對待他。

      Stotts said one man told him over the phone, "You sound like you're a Black guy."

      斯托茨說,一個男人在電話中對他說:“你聽起來像是個黑人?!?/p>

      Stotts said that he was.

      斯托茨說他是黑人。

      The man then told Stotts, "Black people don't fly birds… they eat them."

      這個男人隨后告訴斯托茨:“黑人不會讓鳥飛起來,他們會吃掉它們?!?/p>

      Eventually, he found a sponsor.

      最終,他找到了贊助者。

      And last June he officially became a "master falconer."

      去年6月,他正式成為“訓鷹大師”。

      Thirty years after their first meeting, Stotts and Nixon are passing their knowledge to the next generation.

      在他們第一次見面30年后,斯托茨和尼克松正在將他們的知識傳授給下一代。

      On a recent May evening, Stotts talked with young people in the Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy.

      最近五月的一個晚上,斯托茨在青年挑戰學院與年輕人交談。

      It is a program for young school dropouts working to help injured birds.

      這是一個面向年輕的輟學生的項目,旨在幫助受傷的鳥類。

      Stotts told them to turn off their phones and just sit and listen to the water.

      斯托茨讓他們關掉手機,坐下來聽聽水聲。

      He used an old saying, "Stop and smell the roses," he told them.

      他用了一句俗話:“停下來享受生活,”他告訴他們。

      "Stop. Actually, stop and smell them."

      “停下來。事實上,停下來享受生活?!?/p>

      I'm Anna Matteo.

      安娜·馬特奧為您播報。

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      conservation [.kɔnsə:'veiʃən]

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      n. 保存,防止流失,守恒,保護自然資源

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      prey [prei]

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      n. 被掠食者,犧牲者
      vi. 捕食,掠奪,使

       
      challenge ['tʃælindʒ]

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      n. 挑戰
      v. 向 ... 挑戰

       
      sponsor ['spɔnsə]

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      n. 保證人,贊助者,發起者,主辦者
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      release [ri'li:s]

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      n. 釋放,讓渡,發行
      vt. 釋放,讓與,準

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