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Walking Mountains film series presents ‘The Messenger,’ March 7 and 21

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For thousands of years, mankind regarded songbirds as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures are vanishing at an alarming rate. Learn more about this phenomenon at two screenings of "The Messenger," part of the Walking Mountains Science Center Sustainable Film Series.
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If you go …

What: “The Messenger,” part of Walking Mountains Science Center’s Sustainable Film Series.

When and where: 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 7, at Loaded Joe’s, 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., No. 104, Avon; and Tuesday, March 21, at Dusty Boot Roadhouse, 1099 Capitol St., Eagle.

Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation.

More information: Email Melissa Kirr at melissak@walkingmountains.org.

AVON — Can you imagine a world without chirping birds? Join Walking Mountains Science Center as it screens Su Raynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary, “The Messenger,” on Tuesday at Loaded Joe’s in Avon; and Tuesday, March 21, at the Dusty Boot Roadhouse in Eagle starting at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s film explores mankind’s deep-seeded connection to birds and warns of the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest, in Canada, to wetlands near Mount Ararat, in Turkey, to the streets of New York City, this film brings viewers face-to-face with a variety of human-made perils that have devastated these airborne music-makers.

‘pivitol pieces’

For thousands of years, mankind regarded songbirds as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this critically acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary.

On one level, “The Messenger” is a heartrending journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. On another level, “The Messenger” is an artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents and about those who are working to turn the tide.

In the words of boreal biologist Erin Bayne; “Could we live without birds? We don’t really know for sure. That’s one of the concerns when you play with nature, pull one piece out, and maybe that’s a pivotal piece. We just don’t know.”

As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans — one that we may be ignoring at the risk of our own peril. Find out what’s killing our songbirds and what can be done about it.

To view the entire line-up of the Sustainable Film Series, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/films and for more information about this film, visit http://www.messengerfilm.com.


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