The Lost Bird Project | Film

Screening and sculpture walk at Carey Center in Rensselaerville, NY

Artist Todd McGrain to lead walk among exhibit of all five 'Lost Bird' sculptures in upstate New York.


Bronze sculptures of the Heath Hen, left, the Great Auk, center, and the Labrador Duck stand at the Carey Center for Global Good.


NEW YORK - Artist Todd McGrain will lead a walk among a temporary exhibit of all five of his ‘Lost Bird’ sculptures following the screening of the documentary, The Lost Bird Project, Saturday, April 27 at 11:00am in the Guggenheim Auditorium at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York.  The event is free of charge.

McGrain’s bronze sculptures, on exhibit just outside the pavilion, memorialize five birds driven to extinction in modern times; the Passenger Pigeon, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Labrador Duck and the Carolina Parakeet.

The Lost Bird Project is an elegy to the five birds and is a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission. The film follows the road-trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain’s large bronze sculptures there.

The Lost Bird Project is directed by Deborah Dickson, whose previous films have been nominated three times for Oscars, and is produced by Muffie Meyer, whose previous directing credits include the original Grey Gardens documentary and several Emmy award-winning documentaries. The score, composed by Grammy-winner Christopher Tin, is a stirring tone-poem for chamber orchestra, evoking the majesty of these flocks of birds, and the pathos of their eventual demise.

The film screening and sculpture walk will be part of the annual “A Day for Birds” festival at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, located about 30 miles southwest of Albany.

If you plan to attend the film screening, please RSVP here. Seats are limited.

The festival will feature a presentation by wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin and a lecture by Denise Hackert-Stoner about attracting birds close to home. A 'Birding for Beginners and Beyond' nature walk will also take place.

A performance by nationally-recognized folk trio, "The Stray Birds," will take place at 7:00pm in the Guggenheim Auditorium.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by phone at 518.797.5100 or at

For more information about the festival, visit



commented 2014-09-11 07:23:46 -0400
commented 2013-12-30 02:31:33 -0500
Thank you
commented 2013-04-29 11:50:05 -0400
Todd’s sculptures were on exhibit at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and it was a great pleasure to have them here. I am the receptionist and sit at the front desk at the Lab and was able to look at them all day long while they were here. Thank you Todd!!! Mary
commented 2013-04-26 08:44:06 -0400
I am so grateful for Todd McGrain’s Lost Bird Project and the way it combines the great traditions of New York Art from the Hudson River School to Audubon and Tiffany and now in three dimensions, nature based, nature drenched! As an environmental activist one can on occasion get exhausted! This art however is such a motivator and makes the clarion call for us to focus through the arts more to help solve these philosophical problems which lead to over-consumption and species loss. I hope to drive up from NYC tomorrow to take the walk and participate in the rest of the dazzlingly smart bird events and art-making! If not, how long will all five Lost Birds remain together in Rennsaelaerville? Will there be any Lost Bird appearances in NYC soon?

Thank you so so much for your hard work and tremendous gift to our future:)


Dana Lee Cohen