The Messenger

The Messenger

DVD - 2015
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For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures, woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment, are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time.
Publisher: New York, NY : Alive Mind, [2015]
Branch Call Number: 598.8 MES 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Additional Contributors: Rynard, Susan
Alive Mind Cinema


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May 03, 2019

Superb documentary about a serious problem, that being the decline of songbirds. A wake-up call for everyone.

Aug 10, 2018

While certainly an important and well-made film, I found it to be such a downer. Almost in the first frame it has people picking up dead birds that had flown into windows. You won't ever see as many dead songbirds as you do in this movie. It is an important message and birds are a real indicator group to show the shortfalls of modern society, but instead of just showing us the massacre, show us how magnificent birds are so that we are compelled to want to save them. Birds are magnificent and it's easy to show. What this film does do well is to show us the working biologist/ornithologist. For anyone considering working in the field, this is a must-see.

Jul 20, 2018

Interesting, educational documentary of the damage of the environment to the birds.

excellent and worrisome.

Apr 16, 2018

This is a spectacular and eye opening film!
It offers hope and change and things that many bird lovers
have offered they time and energy to understand and share with us.
This is a must see film!!

Jan 15, 2018

A vital, cinematic call to action.

ontherideau Aug 01, 2017

Hope this video makes an impact - it's difficult to watch but the information is so very important.

Jul 15, 2017

We watched maybe half an hours worth at a time because the film is powerful. The quality of the filming alone makes it worth watching. The content makes it a must-see.

Jan 30, 2017

Quite informative documentary with scenes from Alberta & Saskatchewan. Great to see that Toronto high rises have laws against reflective windows and how easy it is to remedy with little black dots. We had heard of the connection between insecticides and bee deaths but had no idea how high in the ecosystem it was affecting wildlife. A bit painful to watch as the bird bodies kept piling up.


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