Science on Screen: For the Birds at The Tull Family Theater

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 9:41 AM


Calling all nature lovers and outdoor adventurers! The Science on Screen® programming at The Tull Family Theater continues on Tuesday, March, 3, at 7;30 p.m. with A Birder’s Guide to Everything (PG-13, 1 hr 26 min). The film, with a focal point on a bird believed to be extinct, will be supplemented by Audubon Society bird counter, scientist and teacher Dr. Brian Wargo sharing the region’s story of recovery for bald eagles and peregrine falcons.

In the film, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, a 15-year-old birding fanatic and his friends take off on an epic journey for what they think is a discovery that will put them in history books.

“You don’t have to be a birder to enjoy it,” says the UK’s Guardian. “The movie shows that seeking the rare and elusive is often more than just a physical quest; it also is a spiritual journey that changes the seeker.”

 SPEAKER: Dr. Brian Wargo, author and president of the Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society, is an official counter at The Allegheny Front straddling Bedford and Somerset counties, the Audubon Society’s western-most migration counting point in Pennsylvania. Wargo will discuss comeback successes  in the western PA region, like the recovery of the bald eagle and peregrine falcon. He also analyzes data from 88 hawk sites in the eastern U.S to compile a State of the Raptors report for Hawk Migration Studies.

A director on the board of the Hawk Migration Association of America and an advocate for citizen science, he has created a Junior Hawkwatcher Program, which is available through the association.

His book Bird!: An Exploration of Hawkwatching explains why people “get sucked into staring at the sky for hours on end.” When not outdoors, Wargo is teaching physics.

Science on Screen, an initiative of The Coolidge Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This national program pairs films with information personally delivered by STEM experts.

The Tull Family Theater, a nonprofit cinema at 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, exists to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in our region.  Tickets  are available online at www.thetullfamilytheater.org.