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September 23, 2009

A Mother Hummingbird’s film gets a thumbs up


If you’re looking for a remarkable nature documentary for the whole family look no further than the “Hummingbird: First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story” by Noriko and Don Carroll.

The Carrolls have created a beautiful, high quality 45 minute video that follows a mother hummingbird from the moment she lays two eggs until her little babies fly out of the nest for the first time. The tiny hatchlings were named Ray and Zen. The mom is called “Honey” and she’s a Black-chinned Hummingbird. It was filmed in their Las Vegas, Nevada backyard.

The “how they made the video” ending is fascinating and full of ideas for those interested in documenting bird life.

Some staff members from IBRRC saw the video earlier this month at the Blue Planet Film Festival in Santa Monica.

The film is available online to purchase at the couple’s website for $19.95.

The husband and wife team also created the excellent book on the same subject. See it on Amazon.

September 4, 2009

Lucy the Pelican to be released at Blue Film Festival

A pelican release event is planned for September 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM as part of the Blue Planet Film Festival`s “Animal Day” festivities. The rehabilitated adult female Brown Pelican will be returned to the wild at the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier.

In August, Lucy became trapped in a pile of discarded fishing line with a large hook embedded in her left wing in some bushes near Ballona Creek, California. Fortunately a quick thinking, compassionate hiker rescued Lucy and immediately brought her to IBRRC`s center in San Pedro, California where she immediately received treatment for severe bruises and a serious infection.

Lucy has fully recovered and is now flying from perch to perch in the Center`s recovery aviary. Lucy and several of her Pelican friends with similar stories have been successfully nursed back to health by the IBRRC staff and are ready to return to their homes in the waters off the California coast.

“Lucy is one of the lucky ones,” said Jay Holcomb, IBRRC`s Executive Director. “Thanks to the dedicated hiker who rescued her, she arrived at our facility in time to save her. Although she was quite stressed and needed immediate medical attention, our staff was ready to treat Lucy and ultimately restore her to full health.”

About the International Bird Rescue Research Center

International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) was founded in 1971 after the Oregon Standard collided with another ship under the Golden Gate Bridge, which resulted in a massive spill of crude oil that covered over 7,000 birds. Since then, IBRRC has responded to over 200 national and international spills including the Exxon Valdez, Cosco Busan and Treasure Oil Spill in South Africa. The IBRRC is the world leader in aquatic bird rehabilitation, oiled bird rescue and rehabilitation and the management of oiled wildlife efforts during an oil spill. IBRRC’s mission is to mitigate the human impact on aquatic birds and other wildlife, worldwide. This is achieved through emergency response, rehabilitation, education, research and planning.

For additional information on how to volunteer or donate to the IBRRC, please visit www.ibrrc.org.

September 1, 2009

Blue Film Festival: Labor Day Weekend in LA area

This weekend, the Blue Planet Film Festival kicks off in Santa Monica, CA. The festival includes a host of “Cool Shorts for a Hot Planet.” If you’re in Southern California for Labor Day weekend, check it out. Info here

It will be held at Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It runs from September 4-7, 2009. See Map

One of the films of interest is Karearea: The Pine Falcon, about the New Zealand Falcon. The film follows the wild population of falcons that have managed to survive in the fierce commercial forestry loging. It also tells the story of two friends conservationist and director Sandy Crichton and 88 year-old wildlife photographer George Chance. Facing ill health and going blind, Chance connects with Crichton who gets ever closer to a remarkable wild population of falcons as he attempts to realize George’s dream by adding movement to his photographs.

Full list of films being screened

On Thursday evening, September 3 at 7 PM IBRRC will be presenting their Wildlife Champion Award to Fox Studios for their exemplary rescue of a duck family. The Gala opening night also includes previews of the films and great socialising opportunities. Info about the opening night: http://blueplanetfilmfest.inticketing.com/events2/45932/Opening-Night-Gala