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While the US-Mex­ico bor­der and talk of ‘Trump’s wall’ never seem far from the me­dia’s at­ten­tion, this short film takes a closer look at the avian mi­grants that travel be­tween the two coun­tries each year. In just un­der 40 min­utes, bi­ol­o­gists, con­ser­va­tion­ists, wildlife guides, pho­tog­ra­phers, and keen bird­watch­ers wax lyri­cal about species such as black-necked stilts, green jays and hooded ori­oles, as well as the im­por­tance of their mi­gra­tory routes. Hear­ing from peo­ple on both sides of the bor­der, fears of habi­tat loss and dis­rup­tion are re­layed as con­crete and metal par­ti­tions are con­tem­plated. Amid con­cerns that it’ll be­come more dif­fi­cult to fol­low the birds on their jour­ney, one or­nithol­ogy en­thu­si­ast com­ments, “A wall will harm na­ture most of all.”

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