The Messenger at the DC Environmental Film Festival

BY ON March 25, 2015

Songbird with caption "the orchestra of songbirds must play on"

Who doesn’t love waking up to the sound of songbirds?

What would Spring be like without the cheerful morning orchestra that erases what’s left of our winter blues?

We may have lost almost half the songbirds that filled the skies fifty years ago. ~  Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, York University

Su Rynard, Director of documentary film The Messenger, which will be screening at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC on March 25th, talks to Green Diva Meg about what’s causing the serious decline of songbirds in this Green Divas Heart Wildlife segment.

In recent years I noticed that birds I used to see – an evening grosbeak, a flycatcher, a barn swallow — were no longer around. With my busy life, I thought maybe I was just missing them. Then I discovered that this was not the case. Songbirds are disappearing, and their absence is a message to us all.

To understand why this is happening, and what can be done, we embarked on a journey. Over the course of a year, following the seasons and the birds, our team filmed on three different continents. We discovered that the causes are many, and the solutions are few. Yet around the world, we met people who are concerned and are working for change – as this is not just about the future of birds, it’s about us too.

Humans share an ageless bond with birds, their song, and their persistent presence in our lives. In ancient times, to predict the future, humans looked to the flights and songs of birds. Today once more, the birds have something to tell us.

For me, the first step was to simply stop, listen and see for myself what was going on in the skies above. The next step is this film. ~ Su Rynard, Director

From our friends at The Green Divas, read more and listen to the segment HERE


TOPICS: Animals, Climate Change, Environment, Washington DC