KLRU Q has Gone to the Birds 8/11

The afternoon of August 11th will be all about birds. Follow the birds as they migrate thousands of miles, learn about conservation efforts, and meet the expert “birders”.

Four Seasons of Goose Pond at 2 pm
This adventure showcases one of the most famous restored wetlands for migratory birds in America.

Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk at 2:30pm
Every year, broad-wingedhawks embark on a spectacular 4,500-mile journey from New Hampshire to South America. This is the story of their flight and the connections they make with people and communities on this ambitious journey. Follow the migratory route of these magnificent birds from their summer home in New Hampshire’s White Mountains to their wintering grounds in the Andes of Ecuador, and the stories of those who revel in this wonder of nature.

Saving Songbirds at 4:30 pm
Travel from New England to Costa Rica and Jamaica to meet some of the most colorful and melodic migratory birds and meet researchers who employ creative means to assess the health of bird populations, and grassroots efforts by Vermont school children to help re-forest the mountains of Costa Rica. Also featured are scientists in Cape May, NJ,who track large flocks of migrating songbirds in total darkness, and Costa Rican coffee farmers practicing bird-friendly methods of cultivation and processing. Avid bird watchers Samuel Habib and Andrea LeBlanc show the personal side of why the survival of songbirds is so important to us all.

Summer of Birds at 4:30pm
Details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of renowned naturalist painter, ornithologist and literary figure John James Audubon. Based on the acclaimed book, A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House by award-winning writer Danny Heitman, the documentary chronicles the formative summer Audubon spent in Louisiana in 1821, in the lush surroundings of Oakley Plantation in West Feliciana Parish. There, Audubon began or completed nearly half of the 435 pictures in his famous “Birds of America” collection. Narrated by Emmy-winning actress Sela Ward (House; Once and Again; Sisters), the film  explores the profound influence of Louisiana’s natural environment and birdlife on Audubon’s development as an artist and writer, and conversely, Audubon’s undeniable impact on the region and its cultural identity. Today, the Audubon mystique is deeply ingrained in Louisiana culture, where annual community rituals keep it alive.

The Bird Guys with Vern and Bob at 5:30pm
The Bird Guys, Bob Shriber and Vern Laux, in their unique and entertaining way, chase the Peregrine Falcon on its southern migration from Monhegan Island in Maine, to Martha’s Vineyard Island in Massachusetts to the Florida Keys.

Lost Bird Project at 6:00pm
Charts sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to memorialize five birds – the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen – driven to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The captivating nature documentary follows McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy, as they embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of the birds and seek permission to install McGrain’s six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites. Traveling from the tropical swamps of Florida to the rocky coasts of Newfoundland to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the men spend more than two years scouting locations, talking to park rangers, speaking at town meetings and battling  bureaucracy in their effort to gather support for the project. An elegy to the five birds,this  film is a thoughtful and sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission.