The Messenger

The Faculty of Environmental Studies presents


Can you imagine a world without birdsong?

Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.

Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the urban streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers. These include hunting, light pollution, high-rise collisions, pipelines, pesticides and loss of migratory habitats.

Following the 90 minute screening will be a panel discussion featuring:

Bridget Stutchbury, York University biology professor and award winning author of “Silence of the Songbirds” and “The Bird Detective”among others whose research is featured in the film.

Joanne Jackson, producer of The Messenger is an award-winning documentary and television producer whose credits include Hero Dogs of 9/11 (2011), The Big Wait (2010) and Long Haul Big Hearts (2007).

Michael Mesure, executive director and co-founder of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP),  has spearheaded efforts in Canada to preserve migrating birds from injurious and fatal collisions with manmade structures.

Emily Rondel (MES 2011), the Toronto Projects Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada  and a member of the Toronto Field Ornithologists organization.

Andres Jimenez (current MES student) a member of the  York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants (YSEC) who originates from  from Costa Rica, where many North American birds migrate to for the summer.

Paloma Plant, project coordinator and co-founder of FLAP moderates the panel, which will be followed by a Q&A.

The James B. Love Lecture in Avian Conservation is named after Love in recognition of his tremendous support for Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) and the University. In addition to Jim and Joanne’s own contributions, the Loves have helped FES to secure multiple donations to the Las Nubes Project, including support for the Jim and Joanne Love Chair in Neotropical Conservation and the Fisher Fund.

2015 – Canada/France
Feature Documentary
90 minutes

Tuesday, February 7 at 5:30pm Nat Taylor Cinema,
Ross Building, N102, York University, 4700 Keele Street