2018 Conservation Film Festival at Newburyport Refuge leads March

The 2018 Conservation Film Festival marks the 4th year for the event at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport.

This year will host some amazing films that provoke conversation about how and when we need to consider conservation.

On Friday, March 2, at 7pm the festival starts with the film -Sacred Cod-.

This will be a must see for those interested in understanding some of the conflicting issues surrounding New England fishermen and the flagging Cod industry.  The micro and macro economics of sustainable farming and finite resources will be heard in the voices of scientists and 4th generation fisherman.

Saturday highlights include the film -Walden- at 1pm and -Chasing Coral- at 130pm.  As literature lovers know, on July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved to the secluded shore of Walden Pond.  He contemplating issues of self-reliance, materialism, natural beauty, and he started an environmental movement.  Thoreau wrote constantly about his experiment, and his interactions with the lake and Walden Woods.  He was changed, and he asked readers to reevaluate their relationship with the natural world. This 30 minute documentary short was made in conjunction with the internationally supported Walden Woods Project.

At 2pm Saturday, explore the ever fascinating world below the surface of the sea in -Chasing Coral-.  Filmmakers Jeff Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes ask us to ponder why Coral reefs around the planet are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.  The film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists who tell their stories while further revealing the beauty and mystery of this very different world.

On Sunday at 1pm, consider seeing -Arctic Wolf Pack-.  This story of survival amid changing circumstances was filmed on Ellesmere Island, where the unforgiving Arctic winds tear through the tundra and temperatures fall to 40 below zero.  Running through the shifting sea of snow and ice is one of the most hardened predators on the planet, the White Wolf.  As the spring melt approaches, these roaming hunters must adapt to being tethered parents of  newborn pups, while searching for new food sources.

View the play list and see if a film strikes a chord with you as we move toward spring.

See the full schedule here: Parker River Conservation Film Festival





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