Movies

  • Greenland and Canadian eider research partnership

    This short video was filmed on location in the East Bay migratory Bird Sanctuary by Steen Andersen. The video portrays field research in which Canadian and Danish collaborators surgically implant common and king eiders ducks with satellite transmitters.  The birds were released back into the wild and their migrations and marine habitat use subsequently tracked by satellite.  The video reviews ongoing conservation concerns for these seaduck species in the arctic, and how this international research team was formed to address them.

    People of a Feather

    Featuring groundbreaking underwater cinematography by Dr. Joel Heath from his seven winters spent in the Canadian Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit living on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future, the film demonstrates the unique cultural relationship that exists between Inuit and the common eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Within the film, recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life in the community of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents.  (90 minutes) -Dr. Joel Heath, and the Arctic Eider Society.

    Arctic Cliffhangers

    Arctic Cliffhangers is the story of the cliff-dwelling inhabitants of the North, the prolific seabirds that represent some of Canada’s most spectacular wildlife. Clambering over rugged coastal headlands and dangling into their precipitous and little-known world, an inquisitive biologist encounters an Arctic that is surprisingly colorful and teeming with life. He lives on the land with scientists and Inuit hunters, learning much about the dramatic complexity of the polar marine ecosystem. Through his adventures he discovers how today’s vanishing sea ice is influencing marine life in Arctic waters, altering the way of life of Northern peoples. (60 minutes).  –Meltwatermeadia