The Jasper County Conservation Board and the Centre for Arts & Artists will host a showing of the documentary film “The Lost Bird Project” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the DMACC campus auditorium in Newton. The public is invited to come for the movie showing and then view bird art on display in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction. A live Birds of Prey presentation will also take place at DMACC after the film.
“The Lost Bird Project” documents the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s mission to memorialize them. The film is 60 minutes long and follows the road trip McGrain takes as he searches for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiates permission to install large bronze sculptures there. Mattingly’s Music and Books will have copies of the book for sale, “Hope is the Thing With Feathers,” by Christopher Cokinos, that documents the natural history of these five extinct birds.
The movie trailer can be viewed at www.lostbirdfilm.org. For more information, contact the Jasper County Conservation Board office at (641) 792-9780.