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ReelEarth: The Iceland Puffin Patrol

Posted on 11/19/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Why are young Icelanders seeking out and rescuing fledgling Atlantic puffins hidden in the industrial outskirts of town? And why has the population of Atlantic puffins found on Iceland’s Westman Islands—one of the biggest in the world—become extremely volatile lately? Puffin chicks, called pufflings, have low body weights and a decreasing rate of survival. Why are they vulnerable? Hunters are still killing the birds, and restaurants are still serving them to tourists. In this ReelEarth collection piece, we travel to Iceland with filmmaker Sebastian Ziegler. Here, we meet seabird ecologist Erpur Snær Hansen and biologist Karen Velas whose field research and community programs are crucial for the species survival. A film full of urgency and unexpected allies joining the midnight fight for the future of the puffins.

Produced by Sebastian Ziegler

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Witness the puffins of Iceland up close when you join O.A.T on our Untamed Iceland adventure.

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