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Posted by Haley Stearns at 8:31PM
Yula Kapetanakos

Blog post written by Haley Stearns, Still Photography ’15, FLEFF Blogger, Buffalo, New York

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Video Showcase is playing at 4:00 on Sunday, April 6th in Cinemapolis. During this showcase, six films will be shown and chronicle the work that the CLO has completed.

One of the researchers involved in this showcase, Yula Kapetanakos, further illustrated the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s practices and goals in a brief email interview.

Yula is currently a doctoral student at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research focuses on Asian vulture populations in Central and Southeast Asia. She conducts the majority of her research in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as well as in the field.

The main goal of the CLO is “to engage and inform the public through science and through other forms of outreach such as education and media.” Yula explained that the Lab employs a citizen science department that has very effective bird monitoring models. “We use data collected by citizens across the country to assess bird population trends in every ecosystem across the US.”

The films that will be shown at Cinemapolis on Sunday come from the multi-media section of the Lab of Ornithology.  Yula elaborated on the multi-media group, explaining that it is made up of experts in filmmaking, along with scientists and naturalists. In this way, the CLO can distribute information to the general public, while informing them of conservation issues.

“We feel that visual media is one of the best ways to get people emotionally and intellectually invested in conservation, and so our goal is to produce very high quality material that can aid scientists and conservation organizations to deliver their important messages to communities and decision makers alike.”

Come and enjoy the six films featured in the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Showcase and see these messages come to life!


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