New York Explorers Club Cahow Film Screening

May 2, 2013

CahowNew York’s famed Explorers Club is hosting a screening on Tuesday [May 7] of author/filmmaker Deidre Brennan’s “Bermuda’s Treasure Island”, describing the documentary about the quest to save the critically endangered Cahow as “one of the great conservation success stories of our time.”

Ms Brennan — who produced the film in 2005 — will be attending the screening of the film which was an entry in the 2006 Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana and the 2007 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

The Explorers Club, located at 46 East 70th Street in New York City, is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

Since its inception in 1904, the club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.

“The film ‘Bermuda’s Treasure Island’ tells the story of a remarkable man who saved one of the world’s rarest seabirds from extinction. Bermuda’s legendary seabird, the Bermuda Petrel, or Cahow, was thought to be extinct for over 300 years,” said the Explorers Club. “In 1951 an expedition was launched to search for the Cahow.

David Wingate, a school boy at the time, was invited to come on the expedition. He was present when the Cahow was pulled out of a deep crevice on a rocky island by ornithologist Robert Murphy who announced to the world ‘By Gad, the Cahow!’. It was a life-defining moment and David decided to make saving the Cahow his life’s work.”

Clip from “Bermuda’s Treasure Island” [2005] 

The film also chronicles former Bermuda conservation officer Dr. Wingate’s efforts to restore Nonsuch Island to its pre-colonial state in order to provide a safer haven for the Cahow,

During the course of his career, he transplanted more than 8,000 native trees and shrubs to the once barren Castle Harbour island. It is now a “Living Museum” of Bermuda’s native and endemic plants and wildlife.

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