George Butler’s documentary, The Lord God Bird, is as rarely seen as the ivory-billed woodpecker, supposedly extinct, yet there are those who claim to have discovered it deep in the swamps of Arkansas. It is a fascinating tale and makes Butler’s documentary as rare as the bird itself since the film has never been released to theaters.
The documentary enables us to follow the die-hard believers and skeptics as they investigate the report of this rare species surviving mankind’s depredations. The film screenings are scheduled for Sunday, April 22, at 2 and 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director, George Butler, after each screening. To be shown on Earth Day, the film is part of the programming planned to complement the Museum’s current exhibition Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds. Tickets are $8, $6 for Museum members. Tickets are available in advance by calling 413.443.7171, ext 10, or by visiting the Museum’s service desk.