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Official Trailer for the documentary The Bird House – Birds Canada, Long Point Bird Observatory

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Official Trailer for the documentary The Bird House – Birds Canada, Long Point Bird Observatory

The official trailer has launched for the new documentary The Bird House – A Swansong at The Tip of Long Point Ontario.

The Bird House is a 15-minute documentary film about one of the most remote bird banding stations on Earth. Watch the official trailer below.

Filmed over two different seasons spanning three years the documentary began life with one focus but later evolved due to the impacts of weather, storms and high water. The documentary is a result of almost 100 hours of footage captured by WorkCabin Creative environmental visual storytelling filmmaker Gregg McLachlan.

The Bird House documentary“The genesis of this project began as one thing and then swerved to something else because of the impacts of high water at the tip of Long Point, Ontario,” says McLachlan. “Fortunately in all the trips to the tip with my filmmaking gear, I was able to capture footage that would become this documentary.”

The full documentary will be released as a premiere on YouTube this autumn. Subscribe so you don’t miss it.

Since 1960, the Long Point Bird Observatory has been operating a research station at the extreme eastern tip of Long Point, Ontario where scientists study bird migration. The tip itself is the longest (about 40 km) freshwater sand spit in the world and is the last remaining wilderness in southern Ontario. Long Point is also designated as a Globally Important Bird Area (395 species). Because of its remote location in the middle of Lake Erie, weather and waves are constantly shaping and reshaping this landscape.

The new documentary, The Bird House – A Swansong at the Tip of Long Point, tells the story of the demise of a historic rustic wood house located at the tip that once housed the families of lighthouse keepers, and later housed biologists and volunteers working at the tip for LPBO.

The LPBO research station at the tip was the first in the Western Hemisphere. It began consistently collecting data and banding birds in 1960 and it led to the foundation of Birds Canada, a globally relevant non-profit charitable organization championing understanding, appreciation and conservation of birds.

In 2022, about 10,000 birds were banded at the tip, representing between 70 and 80 species.

LPBO) is the founding program of Birds Canada, which operates research, education, and training programs focused on ornithology, conservation, and other aspects of natural history at Long Point, Ontario, Canada.

Long Point Bird Observatory is a member of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network and advances sound and ethical banding principles and techniques promoted by the North American Banding Council.

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