Our literary bird-loving activist took it to another level, as the film (click above) testifies well. Really, this must stop. Thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for bringing this to our attention with this interview:
Cornell Lab: Where are you from, how did you find out about this issue—and what made you want to make this film?
Roger Kass: Born and raised in Bedford, New York, I have a background in law and movie production. I first learned of the issues presented in Emptying the Skies by reading Jonathan Franzen’s story in the New Yorker magazine and wanted to make a film about it to bring these terrible truths to a larger audience.
The main characters in the movie are environmentalists and people who love animals, but they don’t seem like bird watchers exactly. What motivates them to take this interest in tiny songbirds? Follow-up question: they are all men. Why do you think there were no women?
Doug Kass: As is often the case, there were a lot of things we weren’t able to put into the final film. Most CABS members we met were very passionate bird watchers and had extensive lists of sightings, as well as favorite locations, and bucket lists. You could describe them as “extreme bird-watchers,” because unlike most birders, they come into physical contact with the birds.
If you are podcast-oriented, give Leonard Lopate a listen on this topic:
Douglas Kass and Roger Kass, directors of the film Emptying the Skies, discuss the fate of many migrating birds today. Not only is development and construction stressing these populations, but illegal bird poaching in Cyprus and France accounts for millions of bird deaths. The film profiles a group of activists who go to these poaching areas, releasing caught birds and destroying traps. The directors are joined by Tom Auer, Conservation Data Specialist at National Audubon Society.