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Local Filmmaker Showcase presents Wildlife Conservation Film Night

Jan 26, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

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Join us for an evening with the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival as they present three short films.

Elephants in the Room
Aquavision TV Productions
50 minutes. South Africa

When a filmmaker shadows a herd of elephants for four years to study their behavior, they teach him a thing or two about being human, Over a period of four years, Nathan Pilcher follows “Wonky Tusk” and films the unfolding drama of a close-knit family who inspires tourists, survives the threats of predators, evades the wrath of villagers and teams up to protect and teach the new baby of the herd, “Wellington”.

What Would Darwin Think? Man vs. Nature in the Galapagos
Jon Bowermaster, Producer
25 minutes. Peru

After Charles Darwin first visited the island archipelago of Galapagos in 1839, it took him another twenty years to decipher the ecosystem he had seen, the most perfectly preserved biodiversity on the planet. His theory of evolution -published 150 years ago pulled back the curtain on a debate that had been simmering for years and still percolates.

Today, Darwin would be surprised by the tourist mecca Galapagos has become; 200,000 visitors a year, 40,000 permanent residents. The impact of the most unique collection of endemic wildlife in the world has been heavy; too many people bringing to many of their ways (and invasive species) from the outside world threatening the future of this one-of-a-kind place. What would Darwin think of how Galapagos has evolved in the twenty-first century?

Path of the Pronghorn
Jake Willers, Nine Caribou Productions
10 minutes. USA

Since 2003 scientists have been involved in a long term study of the path of the pronghorn, an age-old migration route that connects the summer range in Grand Teton National Park with the winter range far to the south in Western Wyoming’s Green River Valley. The path is one of the longest overland mammal migration in North America and the longest left in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The path is the only remaining pronghorn migration to and from Grand Teton, more than 100 miles long and at its narrowest less than 150 yards wide.