I would like to call your attention to the screening of our wildlife documentaries in the Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra ACT, that would take you places like the Peruvian Amazon, the wilderness of Hungary, and the Waterberg Mountains of South Africa.
Tickets (only 80 available): https://fan-force.com/screenings/themacawproject-palace-electric
Screening Date: 22nd March (Wednesday) at 7:00pm
The Macaw Project (26’)
This documentary of macaw conservation research filmed in the Peruvian tropical rainforest. The documentary was made with the aim to direct public attention towards the problems that macaws and other creatures face in their natural habitat and the importance of scientific conservation research in this region. This film differs from previous nature documentaries because it is filmed mainly by the researchers themselves; something that is rarely seen on the screen. We explain the newest methods of conservation biology and present up-to-date findings in a comprehensible way in this spectacular movie.
The Macaw Project also seeks to provide an alternative solution for biodiversity conservation: an internationally applicable model that can help to protect highly biodiverse places in many different regions of the Earth. Our model incorporates scientific research, eco-tourism, and the collaboration of local communities to live in their ecosystem in a sustainable way.
The Invisible Wildlife Photographer (26’)
To take a good photograph is never easy. To take a great photograph of an uncooperative subject – like a bird for example – is even harder. But to take the perfect image of a bird midst breath-taking behaviour is practically impossible. Bence Máté however, knows the trick, for he is invisible! To the bird’s eye, at least.
Winter in Hungary. A thin layer of ice separates the lake from the frozen world above. It makes a difference between life and death. If they want to survive, birds have to find their way to the water. A breathing hole. A small patch of water that’s kept free of ice by the constant movements of birds. In wintertime a small hole like this means survival. No wonder birds are here.
In this episode Bence ventures into the water wonderland of Hungary. This is the domain of the grey heron and the great egret. Enormous birds, with enormous appetite. And their favorite dish is… the fish.
Lapalala – An Example to Follow (26′)
In South Africa’s Waterberg Mountains, land was bought and sold for practically nothing after taken from the native people. Then in 1981 two man – Dale Parker and Clive Walker – came and realized the potential of this remote part of the country. Thanks to their joint effort, 19 farms were obtained. This is how Lapalala Wilderness was established. By now the 36 thousand hectare reserve became a safe heaven for endangered species such as the white and black rhino. In Lapalala, native people and professional conservationists work in close collaboration to save the wildlife. Whether their efforts are coming into fruition or not, is still a question. But one thing is sure. This nature reserve – in a lot of ways – sets an example to follow.
Further screening can be requested in other cinemas in Australia and New Zealand via: https://fan-force.com/films/themacawproject
George Olah, PhD
Fenner School of Environment and Society
The Australian National University
Frank Fenner Building 141, Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia