“Crash: A Tale of Two Species” and “Birds of May – Documentary about Red Knots”
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!
Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: Oystercatcher Community Center
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. Otherwise you may pay a $5 Guest Fee.
Once you are a member, please complete the information to register no later than Tuesday, March 3, 2020. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter on Wednesday, March 4.
-Submitted by SIB
(Image credit: Nature, Vimeo)