Web Shorts

Web shorts can be a great way to share cutting-edge science stories with a broad, diverse public. We work with individual scientists and top science media publishers to produce dynamic short science stories for online audiences. Here is a collection of these short films, from the beginning of Day's Edge (when Nate and Neil were still Ph.D. students) to the present.

Parrots in Peril: Miami's Wild Macaws

Parrot lover and conservationist Daria Feinstein is on a mission to protect one of Miami’s most spectacular wild residents: the Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna). Indigenous to Central and South America, these colorful parrots were introduced into Miami in the mid-20th century, and have since established a small but well-beloved breeding population in the city. Today, however, their numbers are crashing as poachers capture the macaws and their chicks to sell them into the lucrative pet trade.

Florida state law provides no legal protection for these non-native birds. But the state’s wildlife agency considers the macaws “non-invasive” because they don’t seem to compete with or harm native species. Therefore, some municipalities have adopted “bird sanctuary laws” to protect them. How far should we go to protect non-native species, and can Miami’s wild macaws be saved before it’s too late?

A Film By DAY’S EDGE PRODUCTIONS

Director / Editor: NEIL LOSIN

Producers: NEIL LOSIN, NATE DAPPEN

Music: NEW WEST STUDIOS

Special Thanks: DARIA FEINSTEIN, RICHARD FEINSTEIN, JAMES STROUD, MYK AROSTEGUI, CHRISTOPHER COOKE-YARBOROUGH, LLOYD BROWN, PAUL FISHER, PAUL RIELLO, TONY SILVA, WORLD WILDLIFE FUND, RAINFOREST EXPEDITIONS

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