UNDP to hold online screenings of award-winning documentary “Bird of Prey”

by Matthew Escosia
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines is conducting online screenings of the award-winning documentary Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth, which chronicles the critically endangered Philippine Eagle this June 24 (6PM) and June 27 (9AM).

Directed by legendary wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig, the documentary also highlights the small group of conservationists in the Philippines who works tirelessly to save the bird from its alarming extinction.

Since its debut in 2017, Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth has won 18 awards and counting, including Best Film by the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Best Cinematography by the Atlanta International Documentary Festival and Innsbruck Eco Film Festival, Best Nature Film by Spain’s Cinema FIA Film Festival, and Best Environmental Film from the DocUtah Film Festival.

The online screenings of Bird of Prey documentary will be part of UNDP Philippines’ celebration of World Environment Day and in support to the Philippine government declaration of June as Environment Month and the Philippine Eagle Week last June 4 to 10. It will be in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Australian Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) office in Manila and its Australian Global Alumni Network, and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

Viewers can join the online screenings of the Bird of Prey documentary by following these steps:

  1. Pledge a small amount (minimum of P250) for Kadasig the Philippine Eagle by visiting .

BPI

Account Name: Philippine Eagle Conservation Program Foundation Inc.

Account Number: 9441-0113-31

BDO

Account Name: Philippine Eagle Conservation Program Foundation Inc.

Account Number: 010990066754

PayPal

Merchant Name: Philippine Eagle Conservation Program Foundation Inc.

Email: pefdonations@gmail.com

  1. Take a screenshot of your pledge.
  2. Sign-up on the online screening by visiting .

After the June 24 screening, Philippine Eagle conservation pillars and wildlife conservation advocates will be joining for a panel discussion. Panelists include Philippine Eagle Foundation Executive Director Dennis Salvador, Philippine Eagle Foundation Director of Research and Conservation Dr. Jayson Ibanez, environmental journalist and photographer Gregg Yan, and Bird of Prey’s Expedition Coordinator Dr. Laura Johnson. Climate Reality Project Leader for Philippines Peachie Dioquino will moderate the discussion.

Those who will not be able to catch the online screening of Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth can watch the documentary this Saturday, June 27 (9AM). Joining this screening is UNDP’s Youth Advocate Darren Espanto.

The online screenings of Bird of Prey aim to highlight the plight of critically endangered Philippine Eagle and the importance of the protection and conservation of wildlife and their habitat.

Proceeds of the screenings will go directly to support the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s initiative to mobilize fund for Kadasig, a 17-year old male captive-bred Philippine Eagle, who is now at prime age as mal-imprint eagle.

Kadasig has a very crucial role in the conservation breeding of Philippine Eagle as one of the promising semen donors for cooperative artificial insemination method. But as the Philippine Eagle Center has been adversely affected also by COVID-19 pandemic, the center needs support to augment Kadasig’s one-year worth of veterinary care, food supply, and maintenance.

To learn more about UNDP Philippines and their Bird of Prey online screenings, visit them on their Facebook page here.

 

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