Every spring, dedicated New Yorkers line up in Central Park to witness the extraordinary array of birds that grace the park every year. The oasis of green acts as a magnet for the twice-yearly migration of millions of birds moving along the Eastern Seaboard.
Filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball captures this phenomenon in his film Birders: The Central Park Effect, screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St. The film is sponsored by the North Central Washington Audubon Society.
Devoting equal time and affections to birds and birders, Birders explores a distinctly New York phenomenon, telling a story of humanity, nature and the precarious balance between the two.
Not only does the film capture the diversity of the birds chancing the park but the diversity of the people who watch them. The colorful cast includes acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a fashion-adverse teenager and a bird-tour leader who has recorded every sighting she has made since 1940.
Filmmaker Kimball said: “I hope that this film conveys how a vital piece of nature can exist in the most unlikely of places and that now, more than ever, we need to make every effort to preserve nature wherever we find it.”
The Wenatchee Valley Film Series is presented by Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Trust for Public Land and the Chelan Douglas Land Trust. Screenings are free but a $5 donation is suggested.