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Last night, I went to see a screening of The Lord God Bird, a movie produced and directed by George Butler of Pumping Iron Fame. The event was co-hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy. I really enjoyed seeing it, although I don’t feel strongly about whether or not the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is alive or extinct. If it can be a symbol for the importance of conservation, then that’s great, but the important thing is that unique habitats are disappearing and we are leaving the earth in horrifically bad condition.

John Fitzpatrick, the Director of the Cornell Lab and Scott Simon, the State Director of the Arkansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (hosted by my State Director) were there and answered questions at the end with the producers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel.

My favorite parts of the movie: Nancy Tanner (what a pistol), photos of a baby IBW, learning about the methods scientists are using to survey likely habitats for IBW.

Anyway, I’m not a movie reviewer and there are several good reviews written by specialists in a couple of interesting areas:
Cryptomundo – a group seaching for sasquatch and the like
John Trapp – a birder (post includes a trailer of the film)
Hillbilly M.F.A. – an Arkansas nature writer

The theme song for the movie was written by Sufjan Stevens originally for the NPR story on the original “re-discovery” of the bird in 2004. You can listen to it here and read about it here.

I saw a Pileated woodpecker a few weeks ago at FDR State Park near Columbus, Georgia and although they are not the least bit rare, I can honestly say my reaction was, “Lord God! Look at that bird!” And the IBW is supposed to be much more impressive.

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If you have not yet seen The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard, I highly recommend it. It’s a clever 20-minute video about the production/consumption/disposal cycle and what it is doing to the earth and to people. A la An Inconvenient Truth, you can sign up to host a screening (some schools have done this and posted their experiences) – my daughter loves to watch it and discuss how we can contribute less to the Golden Arrow.Watch a snippet here, and then click on the link above to visit Annie’s site.

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Video of The Nature Conservancy blowing up a levee on Oregon’s Upper Klamath Lake. It was “an unprecedented move to improve wildlife habitat, water storage and water quality downstream.”

More coverage of the event here from KATU TV. I love how they keep repeating the video of the blast over and over.

P.S. Subscribe to The Nature Conservancy’s YouTube channel for more videos of their activities worldwide.

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Winner of Friends of the Earth’s Best One-minute green film award. This simple film documents the horrors of plastic overpackaging of a child’s toy.  After wrestling with all the packaging, the child is too tired even to play with her new toys.

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Ten Ways the World Could End

My new addiction is the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks series. Here’s a really good one I watched the other day, given by Stephen Petranek: 10 Ways the World Could End. Some of them are predictable, but others are not. I like that he prescribes actions we can take (and the relative cost) to prevent each one.

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