Crane Fest Film: Hargila
- Library Hall
A new film by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Media tells the story of a wildlife photographer who travels to India to document the rarest stork on Earth, but soon discovers a conservation hero and her inspiring efforts to rally a community to save this stork. Hargila documents the Greater Adjutant, a huge scavenging stork that was once widely distributed across India and Southeast Asia but is now mostly confined to a last stronghold in Assam. Greater Adjutants are called “hargila” in the Assamese language, which literally translates as “bone swallower.” Hargila are an endangered species with a rapidly declining population of around 1,200 individuals and face threats from direct human persecution, habitat destruction, pollution and degradation of wetlands. Through the efforts of a remarkable conservation leader, Dr. Purnima Devi Barman, and the movement she has inspired, the birds are now protected, celebrated and increasing their numbers locally. Despite this success and the momentum to conserve the species, the Greater Adjutant’s existence remains precarious.
About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Sept. 1-4, 2022
The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Returning in the spring, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The Yampa Valley Crane Festival celebrates these iconic birds with daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events. Learn more about the 11th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.