Documentaries and Conferences
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In addition to family and birding activities, the Migratory Bird Festival offers science outreach through conferences and documentary screenings.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: “ALL THAT BREATHES”
WORLD CINEMA GRAND JURY PRIZE: DOCUMENTARY (SUNDANCE)
L’OEIL D’OR PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY (CANNES)
SILVER HORN FOR HIGH ARTISTIC VALUE (KRAKOW)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (THE GOTHAM AWARDS)
BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST EDITING, AND THE PARE LORENTZ AWARD (IDA DOCUMENTARY AWARDS)
NOMINATED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (ACADEMY AWARDS)
Saturday 23 September – 4pm
Location: Salle du bord de l’eau
Director: Shaunak Sen
Production: India – 1h37 – 2022
Original version in Hindi, with French subtitles
Synopsis: In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the ‘kite brothers’ spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep) explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
Three documentaries from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Friday 22 September – 03:00-04:00pm
Location: Salle Marie-Clarisse – Hôtel Tadoussac
Original version: English, with French subtitles.
Duration: 13 minutes
Following the annual migrations of shorebird species, Voices of the Pacific Flyway illuminates three locations along North America’s west coast where the lives of birds and humans intersect in fascinating ways.
Duration: 9 minutes
Gannet Life is a stunning video that documents one of only six gannet colonies in North America. “Among the first to arrive and the last to leave,” the monogamous seabirds reunite in March after spending the winter apart. They breed, raise their chicks and see these young take their first flights.
Duration: 13 minutes
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in cooperation with the Council of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) showcase the problem of plastics pollution in the Arctic, and explores plastic interactions with seabirds to build support for a circumpolar plastics monitoring program that will include birds as an indicator of whether marine plastic mitigation efforts are effective.
Determination of the original habitat of the Black-backed Woodpecker and the American Three-toed Woodpecker based on chemical analysis
The autumnal dispersal of the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) and the American Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides dorsalis) is a movement that still holds many unknowns. Although the summer distribution range of these woodpeckers is mainly in remote regions, studying the original habitat of dispersing individuals can be done through specific analyses conducted on their tail feathers, the rectrices. Due to the continuous friction between the rectrices and tree trunks, certain elements of the habitat accumulate on them, such as oleoresins and microorganisms. With the nearly monospecific tree composition of the forests housing these species during nesting, the resins found on the rectrices will consequently reflect the dominant tree species in the original habitat. Analyzing the oleoresins found on the woodpeckers’ rectrices thus offers the opportunity to learn more about the individuals captured during autumnal dispersal
The fascinating migration of birds facing global changes
This presentation is about biodiversity and bird migration, with a focus on past crises and current changes. Pierre Legagneux presents the idea that biodiversity has been shaped by a series of crises throughout history. The origin of bird migration is suggested as a possible response to past changes. The Anthropocene period is also discussed, highlighting its paradoxical role in the accuracy of migration tracking.
The challenges that birds face during their migration are numerous due to global changes, including climate variations, habitat modifications, and contaminants. Pierre Legagneux illustrates this with several examples, such as the migration of the Long-tailed Jaeger and the reported effects on the Common Eider and Snow Goose. Additionally, the impact of the goose colony on the Bylot ecosystem and studies on emerging contaminants and their influence on biodiversity are addressed.
The Pineshish-Piyaasiis Initiative: Together for the monitoring of boreal birds in Quebec – Pineshish-Piyaasiis: Mamu tushkapamataut pineshishat ute innuat utassiuau
The Côte-Nord Migratory Bird Festival also includes cruises, family activities, banding activities, bird watching excursions and surprises!