Birds + Our Backyards: Introduced Species and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Sunday, April 7 at 3pm

1 hour 31 minutes


Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

The second in a three-part Science on Screen® series! See all Science on Screen® films.

This event is free for Waterville Creates Members.

New 20th anniversary 4k restoration of the delightful indie classic:


The true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild green-and-red parrots, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill returns to carry you away in this beautiful new restoration. Mark Bittner, a "dharma bum" (a homeless street musician in San Francisco), falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that the wild parrots will bring him everything he needs. “It is that rare documentary that has romance, comedy and a surprise ending that makes you feel as if you could fly out of the theater”–San Jose Mercury News. “It is the emotional intensity of Bittner’s experiences with parrots, experiences so strong and moving that he himself wonders ‘how do you get so attached to an animal?’ that form one of the keys to Wild Parrots’ appeal”–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

After the film, join guest speaker Herb Wilson as he asks and answers the question: what does introducing a species to a habitat do? The influence of invasive species on global bird populations is profound and far-reaching. Delving into the specific instances of introduced bird species unveils a spectrum of impacts on ecosystems. From subtle alterations in some regions to significant disruptions in others, the consequences echo through local species and their habitats.

Part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund. Call the Box Office at 207.873.7000 to obtain YAAF tickets. Pay it forward! Donate to YAAF here.



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