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Winged Migration

Three years, five teams, seven continents – following bird migrations from seas to snowcapped mountains, from frozen tundra and scorching deserts to the peaceful countryside – resulted in WINGED MIGRATION, a film of staggering beauty.

Director: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats
Year: 2001
Time: 89 min

 Le peuple migrateur
(2001) on IMDb

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Share this film. Give others the chance to migrate with the birds.

Learn more about the threats facing migrating birds, and join the global celebration in place to protect birds. World Migratory Bird Day is an international event held once a year in cities around the globe.

Eliminate or reduce your use of herbicides and pesticides, which poison feeding birds, and provide birdseed and fresh water fot the many migrating birds that make essential stopovers in our backyards and gardens. 

Get involved with the North American Breeding Bird Survey – they can always use help in monitoring local bird populations. 

Drink shade-grown, bird friendly coffee, which is grown in forested areas that allow bird life to thrive.

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The Production

“’It was like flying on a magic carpet,’ says French cinematographer Dominique Gentil, AFC… Gentil was part of a team of 14 cinematographers who flew on ULMs, balloons, and motorized parachutes; maneuvered camera-wielding robots by remote control; staked out their feathered subjects in camouflaged hideouts; hauled collapsible cranes through swamps; and hung onto camera cars, motor boats, and even prosaic dollies while filming 70 species of migratory birds for Winged Migration.”

Find out more  here. 

Loss and Degradation of Natural Habitats Pushing Species Towards Extinction

“The annual migration of an estimated 50 billion birds – around 19 per cent of the world’s 10,000 bird species – is one of the world’s great natural wonders, yet the critical staging areas migratory birds need to complete these journeys are being degraded or are disappearing completely.”

Find out more here.


More than 650 species of birds nest in North America. Some are permanent residents and live in the same area year-round. The majority of the species, however, are migratory.

Why do birds migrate?

Find out here.

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

“The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to understanding, conserving and championing the grand phenomenon of bird migration. Founded in 1991, we are located at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.”

Visit the website to find out more.

The Evolution of the Bird

Read this PBS article to educate yourself on the history and evolution of the bird.

The Soundtrack

A review of the soundtrack of WINGED MIGRATION, composed by Bruno Coulais.

Read the review here.

Revealed: Secret of How Birds Navigate During Migration

“The mystery of how migratory birds exploit the Earth’s magnetic field using an internal compass may have been solved by scientists who have discovered how molecules in the eye can be orientated by weak magnetic lines.”

Find out more on The Independent.

7 Million Birds Killed Each Year, Confused by TV Towers

“A quarter of a million birds died after the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska in 1989, marking it as one of the nation’s most serious environmental disasters. But that pales compared to the number of birds that die each year after colliding with one of the 84,000 communication towers scattered across North America.”

Read the full article on ABC News. 


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