Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW! American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH

Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 8th

All film festival screenings are FREE and open to the public.
No preregistration for this event.  Auditorium seating capacity is 75 people! 
Please consult the refuge homepage for a complete film schedule: 
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/


The American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH is coming to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.   The festival will take place the weekend of March 6th - 8th at the Refuge’s Visitor Center and Headquarters complex in Newburyport.  A diverse selection of award-winning, conservation-related films from across the world will be presented on the big screen in the Visitor Center auditorium.  The festival will begin on Friday evening and extend through late Sunday afternoon.

Films to be screened during the festival focus on a broad range of local, national and international conservation topics.  
Chasing Ice
 presents dramatic visual evidence of the melting of the far northern glaciers and compellingly focuses attention on climate change and sea level rise.  From Billions to None chronicles the extinction of the passenger pigeon – a wild species once so abundant that it could almost “darken the sky” with its great numbers.  
Flight of the Butterflies
, originally produced as an IMAX film, provides a rare window into the amazing life and transcontinental migration of the monarch butterfly.  

A spellbinding exploration of the biodiversity of an African fig is artfully presented in The Queen of Trees
These and many other films to be screened during the film festival collectively comprise a powerful cinematic journey through many of the important conservation issues and topics of our time.  

A very special festival program will take place on Saturday evening, March 7, with the premiere of a new documentary about legendary conservationist Rachel Carson.  Carson, who worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a time, and had a fondness for Parker River NWR and in 1947 she authored an interpretive publication about Parker River.  The new film – The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson – will be introduced by Dr. Patricia DeMarco, former Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and a nationally renowned Carson scholar.  

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