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Volume VII Number 8 . . . . December 15, 2000
The eiders fly once more into a season of peril and an uncertain future.Eiders, sea ducks that live and thrive in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, are given a thoughtful and expansive portrayal in this video. Eiders have nested for centuries in the same spots in Nova Scotia. This video, while showing their nesting cycle and vigorous social structures, illustrates a possible danger that may eventually affect their future. Fishery wastes and sewage in the area have provided a surplus of food for an exponentially expanding species of scavenger, black-backed gulls. In Eastern Canada, there are currently over 1 million of these gulls who are natural predators of the Eiders.
Loreena McKennit narrates the video, and long portions of the video are accompanied by her music. The language of the narration may be above some children, while the long passages of music might bore older children. The entire video follows a group of eiders during one brooding cycle. Of all the ducklings born, only one survives. As such, the video would be useful for a discussion of ecology, keystone species and ecosystems. The main limiting feature to using this video in the classroom is its length which might mean that only portions of the film could be used in a class period.
Recommended with Reservations.
Betsy Fraser is a librarian with Calgary Public Library.
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