Sea Change Film Series 2018


Sea Change Environmental Film Series

Now in its 6th year, the Sea Change environmental film series, sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and WCAI Radio, will have an all–bird theme.

The series begins Saturday, February 24th from 7–9 PM with Rara Avis: John James Audubon and Birds of America, a documentary about the life of a man famous for his landmark collection of bird portraits documenting and celebrating avian life as it was known in mid-19th century America. The film reveals a personality of numerous contradictions—truly a rare bird! Audubon was a devoted naturalist, who as early as the1820’s, worried about the future of America’s natural bounty, even as he regularly used a shotgun to acquire and identify the birds he so exquisitely painted.

Following Audubon, there will be a panel discussion with Wellfleet Bay sanctuary director Bob Prescott and artist, writer, and naturalist Mary Richmond to discuss Audubon’s contribution to the modern environmental movement and how art has served to inspire awareness and stewardship of the natural world. WCAI’s Mindy Todd will serve as moderator.

The film series continues on Saturday, March 31st with two short films focused on clashes between the needs of threatened wildlife and those of human beings. Birds of May details the competing interests of Red Knots, a declining shorebird dependent on the food-rich flats of the Delaware Bay and the expansion of shellfish farming in the region. A second film, Cormorants in the Crosshairs, looks at efforts to protect the salmon fishery in the Pacific Northwest by killing double-crested cormorants, seabirds viewed as a prime predator of juvenile salmon. WCAI’s Heather Goldstone will lead an after-film discussion with shorebird researcher and author, Brian Harrington, and Katharine Parsons of Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program.

The series concludes Saturday April 28st at 7 pm with Birders: The Central Park Effect, an entertaining profile of the birdwatching personalities of Central Park, an important stop for migrating birds on the Atlantic Flyway. Following the film, international birding travel leader David Clapp and Nick Dorian, an avid young birder, photographer, and PhD student at Tufts University will be part of a panel discussion led by WCAI’s Mindy Todd.


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