Adventures of the American Pika (Film Trailer 2018).
Adventures of the American Pikas is a wildlife film about the astonishing lives of some of North America’s toughest and cutest mammals - The American Pika. American pikas are fascinating and cute creatures with a big personality. Not only are they well adapted to living in environments where many other mammals do not venture to go, they appear to be comfortable in the cooler, rocky and treacherous slopes of mountains. We would like to help raise awareness and encourage conservation of these arduous individualists.
“Bumble” is an American Pika (Ochotona princeps) who begins his life in an island of talus rock, surrounded by a sea of plant life. He is part of a colony of a few dozen American pikas. As a youngster, Bumble lacks wisdom and knowledge; He is unaware of the many predators, dangers, and threats in and around his rocky community. As he grows, he learns about life and its obstacles. He learns about the other creatures and the many plants near his rocky home. He strives to establish a territory of his own - an apartment with a nice backyard. He does his best to collect and transport food to his kitchen pantry. Life at this high-elevation talus patch is tough. He defends his home territory from other pikas, attempts to trick and hide from a local family of red foxes, all while collecting food - his sustenance and calories for the impending long, cold winter.
“Luna” is a mature female Pika who lives at the top of the world, almost two miles above sea level, where effective oxygen levels are nearly half that found at sea level, and winter conditions grip the region for most of the year. Luna is pregnant. She gives birth to two young pikas deep in the interstices of rock, nestled on top of the largest true high elevation plateau in the United States. She is keenly aware of the many predators who would like to eat her for lunch including raptors, the American Marten, and weasels. She is also aware of the larger mammals, homo sapiens, and their powerful machines, which frequent this beautiful Beartooth plateau in summer.
** “Spoon” is a strong and confident young male Pika who survived his first winter, despite frigid, biting cold temperatures, pika thievery (his hay piles were often filched as he was napping), and a hungry, sly family of resourceful, weasels dressed in ermine. Spoon lives in a large pile of talus formed from rocks, broken free from columnar jointing. During his second year in this Montana talus neighborhood, he mates with a female pika and fathers a few pikas of his own. Throughout the year, he tries his best to avoid the razor-sharp teeth of a resident long-tailed weasel.
** Chapter 3 (Spoon) is currently a separate, 45-minute movie that is not included in the current version of the film. Chapter 1 (Bumble) and Chapter 2 (Luna) comprise the 55-minute film.
We believe storytelling is the secret to teaching and learning. Storytelling helps create links between emotional literacy and pro-environmental behavior. We need storytelling more than ever, with powerful words, striking imagery, and a deep narrative to help people re-imagine their own personal relationship with the natural world.
Best North American Film at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF).
Honorable Mention - 2017 Yosemite Film Festival Award Winner.
Official Selection. International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) Missoula Montana.
Official Selection. WIIFF” Wolves Independent International Film Festival.
Official Selection. International Wildlife Film Festival GREEN SCREEN, Eckernförde, Germany
ANIMAL SPECIES IN THE FILM:
American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
Yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis)
Uinta chipmunk (Neotamias umbrinus)
Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
American robin (Turdus migratorius)
Black bear (Ursus americanus)
This movie is not part of nature, PBS, Natural Born Rebels, Episode 1
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