ROCKLAND — The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge will be showing a series of films highlighting the conservation of migratory birds and fish, April 20 - 23, at the refuge's visitor center at 9 Water Street, Rockland. Films will be shown at 2 p.m. daily.
Monday, April 20
From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction (55 minutes)
One hundred years ago, the last passenger pigeon died in a zoo in Ohio. Just a few decades before, vast flocks had darkened the sky. Computer animations give a feel for what such flocks must have looked like, and historic photos tell this cautionary tale of how a species can be lost.
Tuesday, April 21
The Condor's Shadow (58 minutes)
California condors were saved from their close call with extinction in the 1980s, but they are still in the emergency room: each bird must be intensively managed because they are still at risk due to contaminants. This film highlights the necessary work and the challenges to fully restoring this species.
Wednesday, April 22
Crash: A Tale of Two Species (55 minutes)
The Red Knot is a shorebird that has just been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This film explores the interdependence of this long-distance migrant on the horseshoe crabs of the Atlantic coast.
Thursday, April 23
Closing the Circle: The Alewife Run in Damariscotta Mills (30 Minutes)
This film explores the life-history of an anadromous fish whose spring runs up New England rivers have sustained other wildlife and humans for centuries. Specifically, it shows how important this run has been to the Town of Damariscotta Mills. The film is full of historic photos and pictures of the concentration of fish during the spring migration upriver.