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Go Fishing Day

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Go Fishing Day

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Photo Camp

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Photo Camp 2011

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The Leeward Rail Band

Performing at the

Visitor’s Center

Leeward Rail

Family Film at the Refuge on Sunday Afternoons This Winter

Beginning in December, and continuing through the winter months, a series of free, family movies with environmental themes will be projected on the “big screen” at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Newburyport on select Sunday afternoons. Why not spend a few hours on a cold winter afternoon enjoying a great family-friendly film with an environmental theme?

To kick the series off, “Happy Feet” will be screened on Sunday, December 14th , beginning at 1:30 PM. As described in Smithsonian Magazine, “the main message of Happy Feet”, a 2006 Disney feature film, is that it’s okay to be different, but environmental themes work their way in as well. The film focuses on a young penguin, Mumble, with a talent for tap dancing–something none of the other penguins can do. It follows his adventures and quest for acceptance throughout the plot, but the environmental aspect shows up when Mumble is blamed for the scarcity of fish in the ocean, a nod to overfishing. In addition, one of Mumble’s friends wears a set of plastic six-pack rings around his neck like jewelry, only to later be choked by the piece of trash. “Happy Feet” is an example of the environment showing up in movies that are not directly about the environment.”

Admission to the movies are free and preregistration is NOT required. Space is limited to the first 75 attendees who show up! Children need to be accompanied by an adult. The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will supply free popcorn and bottled water. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Future film offerings will be announced through the refuge web page: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/.

Winter 2015 Film Schedule
Sunday, January 4th Finding Nemo Finding Nemo Poster
Sunday, January 18th The Lion King The Lion King Poster
Sunday, February 1st Arctic Tale Artic Tale Poster
Sunday, February 15th Cancelled, The Lorax TheLorax Poster
Sunday, March 1st The Lorax TheLorax Poster
Sunday, March 15th FernGully - The Last Rain Forest FernGully - The Last Rain Forest Poster
Sunday, March 29th Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron Poster

American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH! at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

American Conservative Film Festival


American Conservation Film Festival - North

Friday, March 6th
7:00 – 7:45 PM Flight of the ButterFlies
Flight of the Butterflies,
Filmmaker: Mike Slee

Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

8:00 – 9:00 PM From Billions to one _ The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction Broadcast Award:
From Billions to None – The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction
Filmmaker: David Mrazek

September 1, 2014 marked the centennial of the end of a species, when “Martha,” the last known passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. These sleek and beautiful birds darkened entire skies by the billions for millennia, yet they were driven to extinction – by us – in a matter of a few decades.

Naturalist and author Joel Greenberg, along with scientists and artists, reveal the bird’s compelling story and striking relevance to conservation issues today. Stunning animation recreates massive flocks that blocked the sun, “as by an eclipse.”.

Saturday, March 7th
9:30 – 9:45 AM Voices of the Great Marsh
Voices of the Great Marsh,
Filmmaker: Eight Towns and the Bay

In March of 2001, the Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee in cooperation with organizations such as Mass Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as local citizens and students, produced a short videotape about the Great Marsh.

“Our primary goal in making this videotape is to capture, before it’s too late, the stories of the Great Marsh, its significance to our natural and cultural heritage, and the need for us to protect it for future generations. We will promote the value of this resource and place it in the context of the historical landscape, by illustrating uses of the marsh over time, its economic benefits, its value for recreation, and its importance as habitat for countless plant and animal species.”

9:45 – 10:15 AM Ribbon of Sand Ribbon of Sand
Filmmaker: John Grabowska

The famed Outer Banks of the Carolina coast are a slim and moving line of sand in the open Atlantic. Many travelers think they know these islands, but south of Ocracoke Inlet there rises a luminous bar of sand almost sixty miles in extent, with no roads, no bridges, no hotels: the wild, remote beaches of Cape Lookout, one of the few remaining natural barrier island systems in the world. At once an exaltation and elegy, Ribbon of Sand profiles this seascape and the transitory islands doomed to disappear. The film features writings by environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, interpreted by Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.

10:30 – 11:30 AM Majicofthe Snowy Owl Magic of the Snowy Owl
Filmmakers: Fergus Beeley and Matt Hamilton

A pair of snowy owls struggles to raise a family on the unforgiving Arctic. Filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of owlets until they are ready and able to fly.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Flight of the ButterFlies
Flight of the Butterflies,
Filmmaker: Mike Slee

Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:45 PM Chasing Ice Poster Chasing Ice
Filmmakers: Jeff Orlowski and James Balog

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

3:00 – 4:00 PM Katmai: Alaska's Wild Peninsula The Ends of the Earth – Alaska’s Wild Peninsula
Filmmaker: John Grabowska

The Alaska Peninsula is a cloud-cloaked land of active volcanoes, rolling tundra and the greatest concentration of the largest bears on earth. The writings of naturalist Loren Eiseley inspire The Ends of the Earth, a filmic profile of a landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the most prolific in the world. At the base of the peninsula lies Katmai National Park, a wilderness larger Yellowstone and Yosemite – combined. Farther down the peninsula a giant volcanic caldera emerges on the horizon, so remote that more people climb Everest than visit Aniakchak.

4:15 – 5:15 PM The Queen of Trees The Queen of Trees
Filmmakers: Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone

The remarkable story of an African fig tree and the special relationship it has with the animals who depend on it. The fig tree and fig wasp differ in size a billion times over, but neither could exist without the other. Their extraordinary relationship is a pinnacle of co-evolution, and the basis of a complex web of dependency that supports animals from ants to elephants. Each individual fig is a microcosm - a stage set for birth, sex and death as the tiny players battle against predators and parasites to fulfill their mission. It is one of the most amazing stories in the natural world - a tale of intrigue and drama, set against grand Africa and its wildlife.

Dinner Break
7:00 – 8:30 PM Rachel Carson The Power of One Voice: A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson
Filmmaker: Mark Dixon
Film will be introduced by Carson scholar Dr. Patricia DeMarco.

Rachel Carson is widely regarded as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She grew up in Springdale, Pennsylvania, where she witnessed first-hand the beauty and genius of nature juxtaposed with the ecological devastation caused by industrialization. Carson’s widely recognized talent as a writer, combined with her deep knowledge of the natural world, made her a potent advocate for the use of precaution when working with biological systems. In 1962 her best-selling book, Silent SpringSilent Spring, awoke the environmental consciousness of America with poignant words of caution in the face of rapidly advancing scientific progress.

This film pulls insights from a variety of speakers at a 50-year anniversary celebration of Silent Spring held at Chatham University and The National Aviary on April 11-12, 2012. Rachel Carson’s adopted son, Roger Christie, her biographer, Linda Lear, and other notable writers, scientists and advocates reflect on the impact and lessons learned from her life and work.

Today, Rachel Carson stands as a role model and inspiration for people across the globe, even as the controversy created by her challenge to the chemical industry continues unabated. We hope that, by highlighting the power of Carson’s voice, we may inspire others to add their voices to this essential conversation. [Synopsis written by Mark Dixon and Dr. Patricia DeMarco]

*The film will be preceded by a brief slide presentation – A Rachel Carson/Parker River NWR Sense of Place – featuring images of the refuge, quotes by Ms. Carson, and set to music.

Sunday, March 8th
2:00 – 3:00 PM Majicofthe Snowy Owl Magic of the Snowy Owl
Filmmakers: Fergus Beeley and Matt Hamilton

A pair of snowy owls struggles to raise a family on the unforgiving Arctic. Filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of owlets until they are ready and able to fly.

3:15 – 4:00 PM Chasing Ice Poster Chasing Ice
Filmmakers: Jeff Orlowski and James Balog

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

2015 Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is Saturday, March 21st at Noon in the auditorium at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center. The keynote speaker is the new manager of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Bill Peterson Bill Peterson Refuge Manager. The agenda includes:

  • State of the Friends Group
  • Technology Initiatives
  • Nomination of officers
  • Election of officers

REGISTRATION

All programs are FREE but space is LIMITED and advanced registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated.  Please call 978-465-5753 (press “0” to talk to a staff member) to register.
Registration is not complete until you receive confirmation from a staff member.  Please note that outdoor programs may be cancelled if there is inclement weather.  Visit us on the web for more information http://parkerriver.fws.gov

 

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