Imagine a world without birdsong. Su Rynard’s film, “The Messenger” brings us face to-face with the variety of human-made perils that have devastated populations of wrens, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, grosbeaks and many other birds that we see and hear on a daily basis.

It warns that the fate of the birds might mirror our own.

The film, followed by a discussion, will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (April 28) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy.

In a synopsis of the 90-minute film, the producers call it “a wide-ranging and contemplative documentary that explores our deep-seated connection to birds.”

It starts with a thrilling slow motion close-up of a tiny Black-throated Blue Warbler on a migration that takes it thousands of miles in just a few days. Wing motion, control, and rhythm are revealed making these aspects of flight visible to the human eye.

“The Messenger” looks at birds in their habitats from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York. It also looks at people who are working to halt the devastation.

Bev and Andy Robertson will introduce the film, then open the floor for a short discussion period at the conclusion.

Bev will draw from her experiences organizing Audubon Society volunteers on Eastern Long Island, NY, to help protect specific beach nesting birds, piping plovers and least terns. Andy will draw from his experience as an ecologist.

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is the film’s outreach partner.  See a review on their web posting –

Written by Beverley Robertson, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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