"Sea Change" Environmental Film Series

February 24, 2018
American bittern © Kelly Colgan Azar
American bittern © Kelly Colgan Azar

You're invited to the 2018 Sea Change environmental film and discussion series! Now in its 6th year, this event series is co-sponsored by Wellfleet Bay, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and WCAI Radio. 

In honor of Wellfleet Bay's 60th anniversary, the theme this year is birds!

Tickets & Location

$12 per person

Purchase Online

To buy tickets by phone, call the WHAT box office at 508-349-9428. 

All films will be screened at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. 

Saturday, February 24

7:00–9:00 pm

audubon-trumpeter-swan_jpg_John James Audubon

Join us for Rara Avis: John James Audubon and The Birds of America, a documentary about the life of a man famous for his landmark collection of bird portraits documenting and celebrating avian life as it was known in mid-19th century America.

The film reveals a personality of numerous contradictions—truly a rare bird! Audubon was a devoted naturalist, who as early as the 1820’s, worried about the future of America’s natural bounty, even as he regularly used a shotgun to acquire and identify the birds he so exquisitely painted.

Following Audubon, there will be a panel discussion with Wellfleet Bay sanctuary director Bob Prescott and artist, writer, and naturalist Mary Richmond to discuss Audubon’s contribution to the modern environmental movement and how art has served to inspire awareness and stewardship of the natural world. WCAI’s Mindy Todd will serve as moderator.

Saturday, March 31

7:00–9:00 pm

Birds of May details the competing interests of Red Knots, a declining shorebird that depends on horseshoe crab eggs in the Delaware Bay during migration stopovers, and the expansion of potentially disruptive shellfish farming there. A second film, Cormorants in the Crosshairs, looks at efforts to protect the salmon fishery in the Pacific Northwest by killing double-crested cormorants, seabirds viewed as a prime predator of juvenile salmon. WCAI’s Heather Goldstone will lead an after-film discussion with shorebird researcher and author, Brian Harrington, and Katharine Parsons of Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program.

Saturday, April 28

7:00–9:00 pm

The series concludes with The Central Park Effect, an entertaining profile of the birdwatching community of Central Park, an important stop for migrating birds on the Atlantic Flyway. Following the film, WCAI's Mindy Todd will lead a discussion with international birding travel leader David Clapp and Nick Dorian, an avid young birder, photographer, and PhD student at Tufts University, about the culture of birding and what got them hooked.