Environmental Film Series Kicks off Eighth Season at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

On Saturday, February 15 from 7–9 PM, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and WCAI Radio present Sea Change, an environmental film and discussion series, now in its eighth year.


The series opens with Snowy Owl: Queen of the North, featured on the PBS program Nature. The documentary provides an intimate view of these enigmatic birds and the many challenges they face as they attempt to raise their young under harsh Arctic conditions. The film will be followed by a discussion with Mass Audubon’s Norm Smith, a Snowy Owl researcher since 1981 known for his work relocating and tagging “snowies” that occasionally turn up on the runways of Boston’s Logan Airport. Wellfleet Bay naturalist Joel Wagner will discuss where Snowy Owls can be found on the Cape in late winter and how to view them safely. A host from WCAI, the Cape and Islands’ NPR station, will moderate the discussion.


The series continues on Saturday, March 21 from 7–9 PM with The Serengeti Rules, the story of the scientists whose research helped develop the ecological concept of keystone species and the crucial role it plays in wildlife conservation and biodiversity. Post-film panelists include Wellfleet Bay science coordinator Mark Faherty, marine ecologist Agnes Mittermayr of Center for Coastal Studies, and Cape Cod National Seashore ecologist Bob Cook.


On Saturday, April 25 from 7–9 PM, the series concludes with Damsels and Dragons, a beautifully photographed film that reveals the lives of colorful dragonflies and damselflies. Afterwards, the discussion will feature Blair Nikula, an expert on the damselflies and dragonflies of Massachusetts, Wellfleet Bay naturalist James Sweeney, and odonate monitor Janet Sisterson.

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