Shoreline Education for Awareness

 

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SEA provides trained wildlife interpreters to visitors, schools and civic groups in meeting its primary mission of education regarding shoreline habitats and the wildlife along the southern Oregon coast.

In addition to the schools and civic groups in the area, SEA had about 13,000 visitor contacts at Coquille Point and Simpson Reef during the 2017 summer season.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THIS

FREE FILM ON SEPTEMBER 16 AT THE

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

 

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Free screening of Albatross the Film by Chris Jordan

Coos Bay, OR– A free screening of Chris Jordan’s documentary ALBATROSS, a powerfully moving love story about birds will be held at the Egyptian Theatre (229 S. Broadway, Coos Bay) at 5 PM on Sunday, September 16, 2018.  The showing is hosted by Shoreline Education for Awareness and the Charleston Marine Life Center.

ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks are born each year. Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.

Jordan began making the movie in 2008, as a collaboration with Manuel Maqueda. Studying the newly-emerging issue of ocean plastic pollution, they learned of a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the center of the North Pacific Ocean. On the first trip to Midway Atoll in 2009, their team filmed thousands of dead albatrosses. Returning to Midway over the next four years, the filmmakers experienced the birds’ beauty, grace and sentience more with each trip.

Jordan muses that albatrosses experience the passage of time more slowly than we do. He filmed their bonding ritual in slow motion, focusing on the dedication between males and females. These bonds last a lifetime, sometimes more than 60 years. Wisdom, the world’s oldest tagged bird, is 66 and still successfully breeding: an amazing feat.

“They are loving, sensitive and graceful – when you look at any creature this closely, it becomes amazing,” says Jordan, who believes we would fall in love with any animal if we only stopped to look at them with a similar childlike sense of awe. After five months, the fluffball chicks develop into comic, goofy-footed fledglings ready to take flight and begin their first 10,000 mile-long feeding frenzy over the open ocean. But some fail to take to the skies and the resulting deaths are often slow and painful. ALBATROSS walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth.

Jordan realized that his work was a labor of love and could not be treated as a commercial product.  He decided to present it free of charge, as a gift to the world.  The film run time is 97 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer panel consisting of marine science professionals.  To view the trailer visit http://www.albatrossthefilm.com.

Links to other important organizations

There are many organizations doing important work in our region. We would like to let you know about them by sharing their links below. Please visit these sites and see what you can learn from them.

Ocean Conservancy

American Cetacean Society

COASST

Simpson Reef 294

Washed Ashore

Charleston Marine Life Center

South Slough Reserve

SOLVEOREGON

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition