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Wildlife film premieres in support of Helen Schuler Nature Centre

June 26, 2020

A local filmmaker is looking to raise awareness about wildlife through the power of his documentary. As Micah Quinn reports, the film focuses on over 50 species of birds that frequent Southern Alberta during migration and mating season.

Avian Summer was set to premiere at the Lethbridge International Film Festival in March, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19. On June 25, it was released to the public online.

A live question and answer period was held at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, where Rick Andrews answered questions about the filming process, what kind of birds he filmed, and the camera equipment he used for the making of the documentary.

The Resource Development Coordinator for the Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Curtis Goodman had good things to say about working with Rick Andrews, and told BCN, "To see him release his next full-length documentary is really exciting. To work with him again in support of nature interpretation in Lethbridge, I think is so positive. It definitely benefits our entire community. We're very grateful for Rick's involvement, and very appreciative that he's almost creating this time capsule that we can look back on years down the road."

The film features over 50 species of birds, and Rick Andrews says, "It goes from everything from swans, snow geese, blue birds, swallows, shorebirds, hawks, eagles, and right up to pelicans, great blue herons, and sandhill cranes. There's a wide variety of birds. I think that a lot of people will be surprised to see some of these birds that are nesting, living, and spending their summers here in Southern Alberta."

To rent or download the film, you can visit https://naturecentre.ca/aviansummer.