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Sunday, January 19 • 9:30am - 11:45am
Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon | Insect Guardian | Sniper | The King's Keeper | Ay Mariposa

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Sunday Morning, Miners Foundry Stone Hall

Exploring Soundscapes - Sequoia & Kings Canyon
Steven M. Bumgardner | 2019 | 9 min
The dramatic landscape of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity - rugged foothills, deep canyons, towering mountains, and the world's largest trees. Weather varies by season and elevation, ranging from 1,300 to over 14,000 feet. With this diverse landscape comes a wide variety of natural sounds. Explore and enjoy the unique soundscapes of these magnificent parks!

Insect Guardian
Tim Visser, Sander van Iersel | 2018 | 6 min
82-year-old Willem bought a remote potato farm field back in 1980 and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. For almost 40 years, he has worked the land with shovel and scythe in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem's paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties. But due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem's flower-rich butterfly paradise gets slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass. Butterflies that used to be common just a few decades ago are rare these days or have completely disappeared.

Karthic SS | 2018 | 13 min
In New Zealand, Yellow-eyed Penguin numbers have dwindled. Finding these penguins in the dense bush to monitor and conserve the population is tricky. But former ranger Leith Thomson has a way - Sniper. She is one of the 80 certified Conservation Dogs in New Zealand. Now every penguin counts, and Sniper is on an adventure to protect these critically endangered birds

The King's Keeper
Thomas Rowell | 2018 | 12 min
Prahlad lives at a place where "we work for elephants." Gajraj, a seventy year old tusker who's name means "king of elephants" spent fifty years of his life in chains. When Prahlad first saw Gajraj come out of the rescue vehicle and step into the Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Prahlad says "I had my heart set on him."

Ay Mariposa
Krista Schlyer, Jenny Nichols, Morgan Heim | 2019 | 57 min
This is the story of La Mariposa, Zulema, and Marianna–three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. Ay Mariposa delves into the motivations that underlie their opposition and actions, and the surprising ties that bind them all together. This film is a single symbolic tale of all that is being lost in the rush to build border barriers along the 2,000-mile meeting place of the United States and Mexico.

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Steven M. Bumgardner

Producer, Director, Exploring Soundscapes, Meadows - Yosemite Nature Notes
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Jenny Nichols

Filmmaker, Ay Mariposa

Sunday January 19, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am PST
Stone Hall, Miners Foundry Cultural Center