Virtual Movie Matinee: Dancing with the Birds

Join us to Watch: Dancing with the Birds
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
4:00 – 5:30 pm

Dancing with the Birds is a 2019 documentary film directed by Huw Cordey and narrated by Stephen Fry. The premise revolves around exotic birds doing mating rituals, either by dancing or creating nests with the right decorations.

As we are still limited in conducting in-person group activities, we are offering our third “Virtual Movie Matinee” using Zoom! And the best part is you don’t even have to be on Seabrook Island to join and it is FREE!

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

Sign up, then plan to get comfy in your favorite chair with snacks and beverages of your choice to enjoy our gathering!

This event is free, but if you are not a SIB member, we invite you to join for only $10/person/year. Visit our website for more information about how to join.

Join SIB for VIRTUAL Movie Matinee: Animal Homes: The Nest

Last week we had nine Seabrook Island Birder members sign up to attend our first virtual movie matinee.  We have another planned for this Tuesday afternoon on a topic we will be featuring over the next several weeks:  The Nest! Register to join us from any location with a computer, tablet or phone to join this hour long program.

We will send you a link to allow you secure access the morning of the event. We will open each event with introductions, watch the hour long show together, and finish with a short discussion to get your feedback and answer questions.

Sign up by clicking here and then plan to get comfy in your favorite chair with snacks and beverages of your choice to enjoy our gathering! And we hope you will also register to join SIB’s first Virtual Evening Program on June 3 at 6:30 pm, featuring Audubon South Carolina as they discuss the nesting habits of birds specific to Seabrook Island!

Tuesday May 19, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Animal Homes: The Nest: Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from a diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few contain man-made materials — twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each is a work of art, built with just a beak! All over the world, birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Join SIB for VIRTUAL Movie Matinees

I don’t know about you, but I miss seeing all my Seabrook Island Birder friends! Since we are still limited in conducted in-person group activities, we thought we’d try offering our “Movie Matinees” using Zoom! And the beauty is you don’t even have to be on Seabrook Island to join!

Many of you by now have either heard about or even used Zoom as a way to communicate with family and friends. I’ve been using Zoom for a couple months for family “reunions,” board meetings, cooking lessons with our nieces and taking on-line classes with our nieces.

SIB wants to connect with our members, and we will start with offering two Movie Matinees. Please let us know if you are interested for either or both. We will send you a link to allow you access the day prior to the event. We will open each event with introductions, watch the hour long show together, and finish with a short discussion to get your feedback and answer questions.

Sign up by clicking here and then plan to get comfy in your favorite chair with snacks and beverages of your choice to enjoy our gathering!

Tuesday May 12, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Saving Songbirds: Songbirds fly in and out of our lives, enchanting us with their colorful plumage and melodies. Warblers, orioles and bobolinks – these perching birds are familiar sights to New Englanders. But the population of many songbird species is plummeting, and the birds face serious threats to their survival. Join Willem Lange as he takes us from New England to Costa Rica and Jamaica to meet these colorful and melodic migratory birds and the people who are dedicated to SAVING SONGBIRDS.

Tuesday May 19, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Animal Homes: The Nest: Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from a diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few contain man-made materials — twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each is a work of art, built with just a beak! All over the world, birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Watch “SIB’s Movie Matinees” from the Comfort of your Home

In light of our new life of social distancing, Seabrook Island Birders wants to share some of our previously shown “SIB Movie Matinees” which you can watch from the comfort of your home. The first two films were shown last month, as the Red Knots began arriving for the annual visit to Seabrook Island.

The first, “Crash: A Tale of Two Species,” premiered on PBS Nature in 2008. It is the story of the fabric of life, and how every species is interconnected – each one important, no matter how big or small. At its center is the humble horseshoe crab, a creature which has remained virtually unchanged for 350 million years. Its annual spring spawning produces millions of eggs that are the lifeline for a tiny bird called the Red Knot, which migrates 10,000 miles from South America to the Arctic each year. Scientific and medical communities have discovered that the crab also provides an indispensable testing agent for drugs and vaccines, as well as resources for human optics and burn treatment. But horseshoe crab numbers are plummeting from their new use as bait for the fishing industry, dropping by two-thirds or more since 1990. And the precious pyramid depending on this age-old creature is about to come crashing down. To view the hour-long program, click play below:

PBS Nature: Crash: A Tale of Two Species

The second video “Birds of May”, filmed in May 2016 on the beaches of the Delaware Bay, is filmmaker Jared Flesher’s ode to the natural spectacle of the Red Knot’s annual visit. It’s also an examination of potential new threats to Red Knot survival. Not everyone is sure that expanded oyster farming and Red Knots can happily coexist. Against the scenic backdrop of the bay, Flesher interviews both oyster farmers and the shorebird biologists who fear that an oyster farming boom here could push the rufa Red Knot closer to extinction. To view the 27 minute film, click below:

Birds of May

SIB Movie Matinee Double Feature: “Crash: A Tale of Two Species” and “Birds of May- Documentary about Red Knots”

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this spring with two documentaries.

 

The first, “Crash: A Tale of Two Species” is the story of the fabric of life, and how every species is interconnected – each one important, no matter how big or small. At its center is the humble horseshoe crab, a creature which has remained virtually unchanged for 350 million years. Its annual spring spawning produces millions of eggs that are the lifeline for a tiny bird called the Red Knot, which migrates 10,000 miles from South America to the Arctic each year. Scientific and medical communities have discovered that the crab also provides an indispensable testing agent for drugs and vaccines, as well as resources for human optics and burn treatment. But horseshoe crab numbers are plummeting from their new use as bait for the fishing industry, dropping by two-thirds or more since 1990. And the precious pyramid depending on this age-old creature is about to come crashing down. To view the trailer, click here.

Second will be “Birds of May”. Filmed in May 2016 on the beaches of the Delaware Bay, is filmmaker Jared Flesher’s ode to the natural spectacle of the Red Knot’s annual visit. It’s also an examination of potential new threats to Red Knot survival. Not everyone is sure that expanded oyster farming and Red Knots can happily coexist. Against the scenic backdrop of the bay, Flesher interviews both oyster farmers and the shorebird biologists who fear that an oyster farming boom here could push the rufa Red Knot closer to extinction. To view the trailer, click here.

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Monday Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

If you are not yet a 2020 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/. Otherwise you may pay a $5 Guest Fee.

Once you are a member, please complete the information below to register no later than Tuesday, March 3, 2020. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, March 4th.

Join SIB for Movie Matinee-Fly Away Home

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this spring starting with the movie, “Fly Away Home”.

The soaring adventure of a 13-year-old girl and her estranged father, who learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them to fly! (1996)

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Thursday, January 30th 4:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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Join SIB for a Movie Matinee: Counting on Birds & Bird Tales

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SIB will finish its movie matinees this fall on Monday, December 16, with two hour-long documentary style films from PBS featuring Willem Lange.

The first, “Counting on Birds.” How did a Christmas-time tradition of shooting birds change to one of counting them? Willem Lange travels to Keene & Errol, NH, Ecuador and Cuba to meet people dedicated to the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.

To watch the trailer, hit the play button below:

The second, “Bird Tales.” Why are people so devoted to birds? Join Willem Lange as he meets migratory bird enthusiasts with fascinating BIRD TALES talking about their experiences with migratory birds from New England to New Jersey to Washington, DC to central Illinois to Nicaragua.

To watch the trailer, hit the play button below:

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Monday December 16, 2019 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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Join SIB for a Movie Matinee Double Feature: Birders

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this fall on Monday, November 25, with two shorter documentary style films highlighting birding in two very different parts of the United States.

The first, “Birders: The Central Park Effect”, is a hour-long 2012 HBO documentary follows the intense and unique world of birders in New York. You’d think the big city wouldn’t be a great place for birding, but there’s a whole subculture around birding in NYC. People even schedule their lives around bird migration—that time when a variety of species pass directly through Central Park. It’ll definitely draw you in.

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The second, “Birders”, is a newly released 37 minute documentary on Netflix, where bird watchers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border share their enthusiasm for protecting and preserving some of the world’s most beautiful species.

To watch the trailer, hit the play button below:

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Monday November 25, 2019 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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Join SIB for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” – a Movie Matinee

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this fall on Monday, October 21, as we celebrate Halloween and present “The Birds,” an American thriller film, released in 1963, that was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and centers on a small northern California coastal town that is inexplicably attacked and rendered helpless by massive flocks of aggressive birds.(Rated: PG-13, 90 minutes).

“Melanie Daniels is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. Soon, birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find out of doors. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority. ” (credit IMDB)

To watch the trailer, hit the play button below:

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!

Monday October 21, 2019 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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Join SIB for “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” – a Movie Matinee

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SIB will continue its movie matinees this fall on Monday, September 16, as we present “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” a 2013 Independent film in the adventure/comedy/drama category, starring Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros and directed by Rob Meyer. (90 minutes).

As described on Amazon: “David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. “

Interesting Fact: Kenn Kaufmann (AKA Birding Legend) was a consultant on the film and even makes an appearance during the movie.

Watch the trailer for “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” here: 

SIB will provide the popcorn and snacks! You can bring pillows to make the chairs more comfy and BYOB. Please sign up to join us for an afternoon at the movies!  

Monday September 16, 2019 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
Max: 30
Cost: None for members; $5 donation for guests

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