Chicago’s well-known pair of Piping Plovers, Monty and Rose, are the themes of a brand new documentary movie that can debut on Labor Day Weekend on the Music Field Theatre, situated about 2.5 miles from Montrose Seashore, the place the birds have nested for the final three summers.
As members of the federally endangered Nice Lakes inhabitants, Monty and Rose had been already invaluable members of their species once they hatched on the shores of western Michigan in 2017. Solely about 70 pairs of Piping Plovers dwell across the Nice Lakes, far fewer than the a number of hundred pairs that existed across the 12 months 1900. Solely a dozen pairs had been hanging on in 1990, however since then, conservation work has helped the birds rebound. The objective is to revive their inhabitants to 150 pairs by 2050.
In 2019, the birds confirmed up on Montrose Seashore and shortly laid eggs. The species final efficiently nested in Chicago in 1948, so Monty and Rose made headlines, not solely in Chicago however across the nation. A 2019 music pageant that will have come inside ft of the plovers’ nest was cancelled to guard the birds.
Their presence is the end result of 20 years of habitat restoration actions at Montrose Seashore Dunes, a state pure space on Lake Michigan, and the efforts of Nice Lakes Piping Plover Restoration and Analysis. In April of this 12 months, due to Monty and Rose, the Chicago Park District expanded the pure space at Montrose by 3.1 acres.
Volunteer plover monitor Bob Dolgan began filming the birds once they arrived in Chicago two years in the past. Dolgan is a previous board member of the Chicago Ornithological Society, and he writes the This Week in Birding publication. Dolgan’s firm, Turnstone Methods, produced the documentary, “Monty and Rose,” which is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The movie follows the story of the plovers and the tons of of volunteers who’ve protected them. Towards the chances, Monty and Rose have hatched 11 chicks on one of many busiest stretches of the busiest seashore in Chicago.
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Central time, at www.montyandrose.internet. Screenings are slated for 1 pm, Saturday, September 4, and at 2:30 pm on Monday, September 6. Ticket costs are $25 for the premiere, which can embrace a panel dialogue afterward, and $20 for the second displaying. A portion of proceeds profit the schooling work of the nonprofit Nice Lakes Flyway Mission.
Music Field Theatre is situated at 3733 North Southport Ave., Chicago.