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Aug 03 2020

For The Birds

By Jackie Brooks for The Island Connection

It’s hot, we’re social distancing and the summer doldrums are upon us. Sit back in your own comfy chair with snacks at hand, and join the Seabrook Island Birders in enjoying movies through Zoom.

Here’s your chance to participate in SIB activities no matter where you are.

Once you register, we will send you a link the day prior to each event to allow you to access our Zoom live video. We will open each event with introductions and a little social time, watch the show together – generally an hour – and finish with a short discussion to get your feedback and answer questions.

Visit seabrookislandbirders.org to register for one or both of the upcoming videos.

The Saga of the White Tailed Eagle – Tuesday, Aug. 11, 4 to 5:30 p.m. –

The sea eagle was once widespread throughout almost all of Europe and graced the coats of arms of many different countries. During the 19th and 20th centuries, it was driven to the brink of extinction by hunting, the increased use of pesticides and the destruction of its habitat. This touching animal drama recounts the true life story of one individual bird observed over the course of a year. Beginning with its birth in a lowland forest in Central Europe, the film team follows the eagle’s first outing with its brothers and sisters and subsequent distant migrations to places as far away as Scandinavia. Finally it chronicles its dramatic lead poisoning, recovery and resettlement in a nature reserve.

 Owl’s Odyssey – Tuesday, Aug. 25, 4 to 5:30 p.m. –

A female barn-owl’s home is demolished, and she seeks a new place to live. Flying through forests and grasslands, she meets common owl species in Central Europe, some she can co-exist with, others she must shun.

This documentary is a beautiful display of what owls mean to humans; how they fly and hunt; and why they’ve been associated with death. The owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.

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