Earth Care Unit 2018
“Birds, Butterflies, and Bees”
Fri. April 6–Sun. Apr. 22
Description: Almost weekly there are worrisome stories about disrupted migration patterns in birds and butterflies, unexplained devastation to bee populations, and multiple species dying off. Why should we care? This series helps us understand the wonder of three special creatures—birds, butterflies, and bees—and how essential they are to creation. Along with an assortment of documentaries and one drama, this series features three successive Sunday morning presentations by scientists in our area who are doing important research on bees, butterflies, and moths. Bee prepared to bee amazed!
Fri. Apr. 6: March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, 2005). An incredible account of the annual migration of Emperor penguins across the Antarctic. These birds have so much to teach us about community, accountability, and care. Morgan Freeman narrates.
Sun. Apr. 8: David Droppers: “Landscaping Your Yard to Benefit Butterfly Pollinators.” David Droppers has degrees in Environmental Science from the UW and WWU in Environmental Education, and has worked with the Seattle Zoo and the National Parks Service
Wed. Apr. 11: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2003). Mark Bittner, a homeless man, is the self-appointed caretaker of San Francisco’s flock of wild Cherry Headed Conures! He’s really for the birds!
Fri. Apr. 13: The Secret Life of Bees (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2008). Lily Owens has lost her mother and is alienated from her father. She finds solace in the world of beekeeping and in the company of the independent Boatwright sisters. Stars Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alison Keys, and Dakota Fanning. Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd.
Sun. Apr. 15: Third Sunday Challenge: Claire Rusch: “Un-Bee-lievable Insects: What Bees can Tell Us about Cognition. Claire Rusch is a Ph.D. candidate at the UW, working at the frontiers of biology, psychology, and computer science. She is from France.
Wed. Apr. 18: Winged Migration (Jacques Perrin, 2003) Five film crews follow migrating birds over 40 counties in all seven continents using gliders, balloons, planes, and helicopters to get “up close and personal.”
Fri. Apr. 20: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies (Nick de Pencier, 2009). This acclaimed NOVA documentary charts one of the most incredible migrations in the animal kingdom, the monarch butterfly’s odyssey across North America.
Sun. Apr. 22 (EARTH DAY): Jeremy Chan: “Making Scents of Things: Pollinator Moths at Vantage”: Jeremy is a PhD student in Biology at the UW. He is currently doing research at Vantage, Washington, investigating the effects of climate change on pollination. He is from Singapore.