The Lost Bird Project | Film

Help Us Celebrate Earth Day As The Lost Bird Project Airs Nationwide

The Lost Bird Project airs on over 200 public television stations next week in honor of Earth Day.

“These birds are not commonly known and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction.” -- Todd McGrain

The Lost Bird Project, a film about five bird species driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them, will be airing on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.  The film will be carried on more than 200 public television stations across the nation in April, 2013.


Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador Duck, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape and in our collective memory.  Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world by permanently placing his elegant, evocative bronze memorials at the location of each bird’s demise. 

The film tells the story of how these birds came to meet their fates and the journey that leads McGrain from the swamps of Florida, the final roosting ground of the Carolina Parakeet, to a tiny island off the coast of Newfoundland, where some of the last Great Auks made their nests and where the local townspeople still mourn their absence 150 years later.

The Lost Bird Project, directed by Deborah Dickson and produced by Muffie Meyer, is a film about public art, extinction and memory.  It is an elegy to five extinct North American birds and a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission.

The Montreal Mirror called the film, “a stunning and evocative work about art, nature and our imperiled planet,” while The Montreal Gazette described it as  “entertaining, whimsical … and certainly very moving.” The Martha’s Vineyard Times spoke of the emotion, “Watching it … I was crying.”


Be sure to tune in and set those DVRs! Click here for a full list of broadcasts and screenings in your area.


commented 2013-11-30 19:42:32 -0500
Thank you
commented 2013-04-20 11:29:09 -0400
An excellent way to celebrate Earth Day…