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Birds on Film: Filmmaker Bob Dolgan talks about Chicago’s piping plovers with Great Lakes Now

Birds on Film: Filmmaker Bob Dolgan talks about Chicago’s piping plovers with Great Lakes Now
July 15, 2021 Sandra Svoboda

A pair of piping plovers appeared on a busy Chicago beach two years ago, and filmmaker Bob Dolgan recorded the human effort to protect the birds’ nest.

The result: a documentary film. Dolgan shared some of his footage with Great Lakes Now, which can be seen in this segment:

GLN’s Nick Austin spoke with Dolgan about his work chronicling “Monty and Rose,” the plover pair that’s inspired so much conservation of habitat in Chicago.

“The goal of the film was to show how people and birds can interact and co-exist,” Dolgan said. “The fact that this could happen in a metropolis and in the center of Chicago with that very stunning backdrop of the skyscrapers and Lake Michigan, those were all goals of mine to hopefully show in the film and to tell the plovers’ story.”

Dolgan has advice for other aspiring nature film makers who may want to inspire action or stewardship.

“Documenting your surroundings, documenting everything about a place is important,” Dolgan said.

A full-length documentary is coming soon. Check HERE for more information.


Here is other Great Lakes Now work on bird conservation:


Featured image: Bob Dulgan (Great Lakes Now image)

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