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World Première of BBC’s Earthflight 3D on Sept. 15

and expert panel discussion on migratory birds

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Cranes flying over Chemonceaux


OTTAWA, September 8, 2016 – With 2016 marking the 100th anniversary of the migratory-bird treaty between Canada and the United States, the Canadian Museum of Nature is holding a special event on September 15 featuring the world premiere of Earthflight 3D and a panel of bird conservation specialists.

The event kicks off at 7 PM with a screening in English of the BBC Earth production Earthflight 3D, narrated by actress Cate Blanchett. Revolutionary aerial techniques and 3D photography deliver the thrilling illusion of soaring alongside migratory birds as they maneuver simultaneously in huge flocks on immense journeys.  There will be a special video greeting from the writer/producer/director, John Downer, for this world premiere of Earthflight.

A panel discussion on migratory bird conservation will follow the screening, with guests:

Bill Lishman (a.k.a. "Father Goose"), inventor, ultralight pilot and inspiration for the 1996 movie Fly Away Home. The ultralight craft* that he used in 1993 to lead a flock of Canada Geese from Ontario to Virginia can be seen in the Queens’ Lantern of the Museum from Sept. 13 to early Dec. 2016.

Alex MacDonald, Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada, weekly contributor to CBC Radio 1's In Town and Out for the "bird tweet of the week".

Judith Kennedy, Head, Migratory Birds Conservation Unit, Environment and Climate Change Canada

À vol d’oiseau—the French version of Earthflight—will be presented following the panel discussion, at approximately 8 PM.

Tickets for the event are $4 for the general public and $3 for Museum members.  (General admission to the Museum’s galleries is free on Thursdays from 5 PM to 8 PM). After the 15th, Earthflight 3D can be viewed in the museum’s 3D Theatre on weekends and holidays.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod Street in Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter, on Instagram (museumofnature), and like the museum on Facebook. For general information, visit nature.ca.

*More about Bill Lishman’s ultralight

On September 13, 2016, an ultralight craft will be installed in the Queens’ Lantern (the Museum’s glass tower). This is the ultralight that Bill Lishman modified for an initial research study with non-endangered waterfowl back in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The objective was to test the viability of introducing new migration routes to endangered species. In 1993, he led 18 Canada Geese from Ontario to Virginia. The following year, this aircraft-led migration was successfully repeated with double the number of birds and double the distance to South Carolina. These remarkable feats were dramatized in the movie Fly Away Home starring Jeff Daniels. Lishman and photographer/ultralight pilot, Joseph Duff, subsequently co-founded Operation Migration, a non-profit organization dedicated to reintroducing endangered bird species to safe migration routes.

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Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
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Dan Smythe
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature