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The Messenger

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 New York 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)

Q&A with ornithologist Bill Evans will follow the screening

Songbirds were once thought to be spiritual messengers—singing sentinels who kept watch, and possessed the power to predict what lay ahead. Now, it looks as though there may have been some basis for the myth. Our airborne music-makers have recently started to disappear at a disturbing rate and, like the fading of honeybees or the melting of glaciers, these changes to songbirds seem to signal ambiguous shifts within a delicate ecosystem.  Declining habitat, pesticides, urban sprawl, communications towers, invasive plants, wild fires, predatory domesticated pets, even glass windows in suburban houses are all part of the quandary explored in The Messenger as ornithologists, activists, and bird enthusiasts probe these phenomena and much more. In the unspooling of all the footage, mind-boggling marvels of the bird world come to light in a beautifully constructed documentary. “Today, once again, birds have something to tell us, and I wanted to amplify their messages”—Su Rynard. (Su Rynard, 2015, 89 minutes)


$7 at the door

Earlier Event: November 12
Lunch Between Films
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