Library to screen Wild Shorts for Earth Day |

Library to screen Wild Shorts for Earth Day

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of Wild Shorts for Earth Day, three new short documentaries featured at the 2018 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Library Hall. The films are screening in anticipation of Earth Day this month. 

“Beaver Believers,” by Sarah Koenigsberg, is a whimsical yet inspiring film that captures the vision, energy and dedication of a half dozen activists who share a passion for restoring the North American beaver to much of its former habitat and range. They show us how this humble creature can help us restore streams and watersheds damaged by neglect.

“Jewels of the Gulf,” by Allison Albritton, is about the BP oil spill. On April 20, 2010, about 50 miles from the Louisiana coastline, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in the largest marine oil spill in history. Over the course of 87 days, an estimated 210 million gallons of oil surged into the Gulf of Mexico from a wellhead nearly one mile deep. 

A team of scientists sets out each year since the spill to document the ongoing impacts of the accident on the unique and beautiful deep sea corals that form the basis of diverse biological communities deep beneath the surface.

“Irreparable Harm,” by Colin Arisman and Connor Gallagher, is about mining in the wilderness. The Tlingit people have called the vibrant coastline of Southeast Alaska home for over 10,000 years and continue to practice a way of life intimately tied to the ocean and the largest remaining temperate rainforest on earth. Now, contamination from industrial mining is threatening the safety of the wild food sources that make Alaska so unique.

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