Monty and Rose Film Viewing

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Date(s) - 07/19/2020
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Join us as we watch a film that captures the nerve-wracking journey of two Piping Plovers’ nesting success on a busy Chicago beach. Last year, Monty and Rose enthralled local birders and the wider public with their nest and chicks on a Chicago beach. After viewing, filmmaker Bob Dolgan will be with us to answer questions and give an update on the pair who have returned to Chicago to nest again. The event will be held online.

About “Monty and Rose”:

‚Äč”Monty and Rose” tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach in the summer of 2019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a proposed music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines. “Monty and Rose” features interviews with an array of key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed. “Monty and Rose” is an independent project, funded through the generous support of backers on Kickstarter. Partners in the project include Turnstone Strategies, Wenkus Productions, Free Spirit Media (Pat Nabong) and Eileen Wagner Design. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings. “Monty and Rose” was released in November 2019. You can learn more at the Monty and Rose website.

About the filmmaker:

Bob Dolgan is the founder of Turnstone Strategies, a marketing/communications firm with specialties in strategic planning, storytelling, content development and public relations. He has 20 years of experience in journalism, marketing and nonprofit management. A lifelong birder, Bob initiated the “Monty and Rose” documentary project as a volunteer for the Plover Watch effort at Montrose Beach in the summer of 2019.


You will be sent a link to participate in the viewing and post-viewing discussion a couple of days before the event and again on the day of the event. Register here: Monty and Rose 

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