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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Environmental Film Series: The Messenger –Imagine a World Without Birdsong

Oct 23, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry Room 130

The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Autumn 2017 Environmental Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is "The Messenger –Imagine a World Without Birdsong" (2015). 
Discussion Leaders for this film are Dawn Tabata, Executive Director, Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Chris Tonra, OSU SENR Assistant Professor of Avian Wildlife Ecology
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Free pizza and beverages at 6:45.

This public offering is also an Autumn 2017 course offering through ENR 4193 Section 32330 and  ENR 6193 Section 34528.
Complete sign up by 10/16/2017 for an independent study course by attending the six films/discussions and writing essays afterwards. Syllabus at and Consult your faculty advisor to determine how this 1-credit course may meet requirements for your major.

Instructor: David Hanselmann ( or 614-247-1908)

In ancient times humans looked to the flights and songs of birds to foretell the future. Today once again the birds have something to tell us. Su Rynard’s wide ranging and contemplative documentary, The Messenger, explores our deep seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, The Messenger brings us face to face with a remarkable variety of human made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music makers. On one level, The Messenger, is an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. On another level, The Messenger is the artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and about those who are working to turn the tide.