Travis Audubon Presents: Bird of Prey

Screening + Discussion 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Tickets $15 each

Check-in starts at 12:45, Theatre doors open at 1:15, Film starts at 1:30
Note: A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the door the day of the event. We will accept cash, credit, and checks.

The Philippine Eagle is a bird of extremes. It’s the world’s largest and rarest eagle, found only in the Philippines. Fewer than 800 individuals remain today, and the future of these iconic raptors — and of an untold number of other species — is tied to the fate of the Philippines’ last fragments of old-growth forest.

In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig filmed the first images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. But today, with a rapidly expanding human population facing serious political, economic, and environmental turmoil, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness.

Bird of Prey follows Neil’s return to the Philippines as he embarks on a grueling expedition alongside a small but devoted group determined to protect the eagle. Together, they answer the question: What will it take to save a species from extinction?

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Multimedia Unit joined forces with the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Neil Rettig Productions to produce Bird of Prey, and create targeted education and conservation media that is being used to support eagle conservation in the Philippines.

Travis Audubon is hosting a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with some of the creators. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Travis Audubon and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

Panel Participants:
Neil Rettig is a world renowned 6-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer with over 40 years experience filming rare and endangered species world wide. Over the past four decades, Rettig has contributed to the production of hundreds of films, including IMAX Productions, National Geographic Specials, and Science Documentaries. His knowledge of raptors, especially the rare forest Eagles, has resulted in scientific publications and a greater understanding of critically endangered species such as the Philippine and Harpy Eagles. Neil’s fieldwork has been instrumental in the conservation of rare and threatened animals, the establishment of protected ecosystems around the world, and breeding projects for endangered species. Neil has been acclaimed for his creative eye, artistic composition, lightning fast ability to capture the moment, and intimacy with the subject.

Skip Hobbie is an Emmy award winning wildlife cinematographer based in Austin, Texas.  He has been fortunate enough to travel the world working on documentaries for National Geographic, and other TV networks.

Laura Johnson is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with over 30 years of experience.  She’s fiercely passionate about raptors and has spent most of that time focused on birds of prey– as an avian vet and licensed wildlife rehabilitator.  Today Laura splits her time between the veterinary office, assisting Neil on film shoots and expeditions, and caring for the birds and animals at her farm in Wisconsin.

Learn more about the film here.

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