Join me March 19th at the DC Environmental Film Festival

Chinese Barbet (Megalaima faber) caught in a poachers mist net. Guangxi, China. March. (Gerrit Vyn)
Chinese Barbet (Megalaima faber) caught in a poachers mist net. Guangxi, China. March. (Gerrit Vyn)


Attention DC friends – I will be attending the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and participating in a panel discussion following the showing of “Emptying the Skies” and a short film about my experiences last winter in southern China, “Field Report: Migratory Bird trapping in South China“. Both films deal with the illegal harvest of millions of migratory birds every year for human consumption. The evening will be hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hope to see you there!

Here’s the blurb from the folks at the festival:

EMPTYING THE SKIES (USA, 2013, 78 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere Based on a New Yorker article by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen, the documentary chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining in Europe for decades, and a number of species face imminent extinction. But an intrepid group of European bird-lovers, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, are risking their lives, waging a secret war to save these endangered creatures. Directed and produced by Douglas Kass and Roger Kass. Executive Producers, Jonathan Franzen and Andrea van Beuren.

FIELD REPORT: MIGRATORY BIRD TRAPPING IN SOUTH CHINA (USA, 2013, 8 min.)

Large-scale trapping of migratory birds in southern China has emerged as a major threat to Asia’s bird life and to sensitive populations of Pacific migrants. Using methods such as mist nets, hunters are taking large numbers of birds, including threatened and endangered species. Most birds are destined for diners’ tables in upscale restaurants in China’s Guangdong Province. This firsthand field report of poaching activities is presented by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Reporting by Gerrit Vyn.

Discussion, moderated by Bruce Beehler, Research Associate, Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, with filmmaker Douglas Kass and Cornell Lab photographer and Field Report: Migratory Bird Trapping in South China producer Gerrit Vyn follows screening.



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