Moose expert joins ‘Twig Eater’ screening
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Moose: Life of a Twig Eater,” winner of the Best Independent Film Award at the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Library Hall. This intimate nature documentary takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a calf’s first year of life up close and personal.
In addition, the screening includes an appearance by Colorado Parks & Wildlife terrestrial biologist Jeff Yost to answer questions about moose in and around the Yampa Valley, a population that has defied declines seen elsewhere in North America.
The film addresses a growing problem in North America affecting moose, the largest species of the deer family. Whether they make their home in the Canadian Rockies or in Minnesota, many moose populations are declining at a rapid rate. One reason is that many of the newborn calves are not surviving their first year. In order to find out why, the filmmaker spent a year documenting the life of a moose calf and its mother to understand what it takes to survive.
This is a first-person account by cameraman and naturalist Hugo Kitching of his year in Jasper National Park, in the Canadian province of Alberta, a wilderness area that covers more than 4,000 square miles.
Kitching was able to capture intimate scenes of the mother teaching her young calf the crucial lessons of which plants to eat, how to swim and dive to reach mineral-rich plants found on the bottom of mountain lakes and the dangers of wolves and bears. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
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