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MCCD to screen 'The Lost Bird Project'

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 11:40 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – The McHenry County Conservation District will screen “The Lost Bird Project,” a film about five bird species driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them, from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road.

Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador duck, great auk, heath hen, Carolina parakeet and passenger pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world by permanently placing his elegant, evocative bronze memorials at the location of each bird’s demise.

The film tells the story of how these birds came to meet their fate and the journey that led McGrain from the swamps of Florida to the final roosting ground of the Carolina parakeet to a tiny island off the coast of Newfoundland, where some of the last great auks made their nests and where the local townspeople still mourn their absence 150 years later. 

“The Lost Bird Project,” directed by Deborah Dickson and produced by Muffie Meyer, is a film about public art, extinction and memory.

This free screening is recommended for adult audiences, and registration is not required.

For information, call the Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org. 

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