Field Biologist

Tyler Christensen, an ambitious yet somewhat rudderless 22-year-old, is still discovering his life path. Brushing aside his lack of a college degree or scientific credentials, Tyler travels to Costa Rica to undertake his own conservation-oriented research on tropical birds. From the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mangrove swamps of the Nicoya Peninsula, Tyler treks and hatches a plan to save the highly endangered mangrove hummingbird. Field Biologist presents the challenges facing biodiversity, including climate change and habitat destruction. Directed by Jared Flesher.

Welcome by Lisa Bierer-Garrett, Friends of Patuxent Film Liaison. Introduced by Brad Knudsen, Patuxent Research Refuge Manager. Discussion with filmmaker Jared Flesher, film subject Tyler Christensen, and Bruce Peterjohn, Director of the National Bird Banding Lab at Patuxent follows screening.

Saturday, March 28

11:00 a.m. Nature walk with filmmaker Jared Flesher and film subject Tyler Christensen

1:00 p.m. Screening

FREE. No reservations required.

National Wildlife Visitor Center, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Auditorium, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md.

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