World Migratory Bird Day film Launch

With Anna Woods FAIBS secretary

Will you be looking for something different to do on the afternoon of May 8?

Try going to Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (FAIBS) Facebook page for a very special experience that celebrates World Migratory Bird Day.

This year, thanks to a small grant from the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership based in South Korea, FAIBS will be launching a short film around 4pm, featuring local Kaurna elders talking about the significance of the Sanctuary and the birds.

The film was made in a collaboration between FAIBS, the Bowerbird Collective, and Northern Kaurna Elders. Collective members, Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery, are professional musicians, and film makers of international renown, currently travelling and composing along the Flyway.

This film, focussing on Winaityinaityi Pangkara, ‘The Country of the birds’, is a first of its kind in foregrounding the voices of First Nations people along the Flyway.

It includes beautiful footage of the Gulf St Vincent coastline where the migratory and resident shorebirds gather, with Northern Kaurna Elders Jeffrey Newchurch and Lynette Crocker joined by ecologist Joan Gibbs in sharing moving insights into the cultural and environmental importance of this country.

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS) is one of the southern-most roosting and feeding sites for thousands of migratory shorebirds that annually use the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

FAIBS is extremely grateful for the many extra hours volunteered by the participants in the making of this film. We urge you to have a look!

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