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Dinner and a movie at Audubon Nature Film Festival helps to save bird habitats

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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:00 am

Dinner and a movie could do more than expand your waistline and entertain your brain in the case of Audubon Arizona’s Nature Film Festival.

“We want to inspire people to join us in protecting birds and wildlife and the places that they need,” says the group’s director, Sarah Porter.

The simple act of showing up, chowing down and watching “The Lost Bird Project” and “Soul of the Sea” on the big screen will help Audubon identify and protect important bird habitats in our state and share its conservation message.

In the first movie, sculptor Todd McGrain goes to the places where five bird species to go extinct in modern times were last seen in the wild. Then, he tries to convince people to let him install large bronze sculptures of the birds in those places. The second film shares the harrowing journey of a solo sea kayaker trying to call attention to the plight of the Great Albatross.

“We really try to find films that are inspiring, and that makes this film festival a little different. There are a lot of very powerful and sad environmental films — and they’re important. But we’re aiming for people to leave the theater feeling inspired and with a very positive feeling about their own power to affect change,” says Porter.

A ticket includes a boxed supper from Atlasta Catering with a sandwich, chips, fruit and a cookie, plus concession-stand popcorn and a fountain drink. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

The evening includes a silent auction for 13 eco-tourism trips ranging from South Africa to Arizona’s Verde Valley.

Audubon Arizona runs educational programs in local classrooms and out of the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. It also hosts 21-and-older “Birds and Beer” sessions every third Thursday of the month.

DETAILS >> Doors open 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Harkins Camelview Theatre, 7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale. $25, includes boxed meal, popcorn and a soft drink. Event is for ages 21 and older. (602) 468-6470 or AZ.Audubon.org.

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