The decline of migratory songbirds.
Migratory songbirds, including tanagers, buntings, and orioles, are disappearing. What does it mean? Where have they gone? In our backyards in North America, the songbirds' nesting habitats are being lost to development of the land. But is that the whole story? Two young children, out for an afternoon of fun and adventure, discover some answers.
Directed by Laura Heller
Produced by Frameline Productions
In an animated dream, the children fly along with the birds on one of their migration paths to the tropical rainforest. While there they see how quickly the rainforests in Central and South America are being cut down to make way for people and development. Unfortunately, the development proceeds with little planning and is unsustainable. And without the tropical rainforests, migratory songbirds have no place to survive through winter.
The decline of migratory songbirds is a complex problem with no simple solutions. But, to save the birds from extinction, the children learn that there is no time to waste.
Grade Level: Grades K-6
US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1994
DVD ISBN: 1-94154-544-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-554-6
"In this involving video, the well-integrated fantasy segment will prompt discussion about the reasons for and ways to save the tropical rain forests."
"Sound and photography are superb...could be used as an introduction and discussion starter in grades 3-8."
Video Rating Guide for Libraries
"This is recommended for elementary school children, K-6."
"Tthis involving video...will prompt discussion about... ways to save the tropical rain forests."
Awards and Festivals
Best Educational Documentary, New England Children's Film & Video Festival Chicago International Children's Film Festival
NYC Sierra Club Environmental Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Children's Stories: Animation
Children's Stories: Live Action
Forests and Rainforests