Screening of the new documentary film Scavenger Hunt: An Unlikely Union

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Join HawkWatch International, Tracy Aviary. and The City Library for a free public screening of the new documentary film Scavenger Hunt: An Unlikely Union. There will be a Q&A session with a panel of experts following the screening.

The California Condor neared extinction in the 1980s until biologists nurtured the population and saw their numbers grow upward to over 400. However, these noble birds face a grave threat which prevents them from flourishing further: lead poisoning. Scavenger Hunt chronicles the dilemma between bird and man, as the birds are being poisoned by ingesting the flesh of deer carcasses containing lead ammunition fragments. Filmmaker Matthew Podolsky finds the one person who understands all sides of the issue: Chris Parish. Parish, a lifelong hunter, is also the Field Program Supervisor for The Peregrine Fund’s Vermillion Cliffs California Condor Restoration Project— charged with directing the program's field conservation efforts. Parish is the link to reconciling card-holding NRA members with EPA activists, through his efforts to convert hunters voluntarily to non-lead ammunition. In fact, Parish has been an integral part of the dialogue among hunters and biologists in Northern Arizona. The result: 90% of all hunters in the region have agreed to use lead-free ammunition voluntarily.

The goal of the filmmakers in creating Scavenger Hunt was to build awareness of this issue on a grassroots level. The intent is not to suggest that a voluntary effort is the best or only solution to the problem, but the film does give credit to those localized hunters that have already put forth voluntary effort to protect one of the world’s most endangered bird species. The hope is that hunters will recognize the importance of this threat to the California Condor and other scavenger species, including Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Ravens, Turkey Vultures, Wolves and Grizzly Bears, and take the initiative that is needed to end the use of lead-based ammo. In many instances, legislative action will be a necessary component in addressing this conservation issue. Nonethless, the role of this film is to educate, not to legislate. For more information on the film, click here.

This event is brought to you in partnership with Tracy Aviary and HawkWatch International.


Matthew Podolsky makes his feature film debut with Scavenger Hunt: An Unlikely Union. Matthew was born in Boston and went to school at Ithaca College, where he received degrees in both Environmental Science and Cinema/Photography. As a student, Matthew worked on several educational documentaries, directing and editing “Stone Gardens,” a documentary about a large-scale watershed restoration project outside of Ithaca, NY. After graduating, Matthew focused on wildlife biology, working on songbird research programs in Northern California, Upstate New York and Jamaica.

Combining his interests in wildlife biology and documentary filmmaking had always been a goal, but it wasn’t until Matthew took a job in remote Northern Arizona as a condor field biologist that he found the inspiration for a film that could do just that.

Matthew currently lives in Boise, ID where he helps run a non-profit organization, Wild Lens, which is committed to bringing wildlife biologists and filmmakers together in an effort to maximize environmental outreach through creative storytelling.

As a philosophy student at Boise State University, Eddie emphasized his studies in the motivations of the human spirit. After college he began his career in Los Angeles where he assisted such well-known photographers as Herb Ritz, Anne Lebowitz and David LaChapelle. Soon after, he was hired by Team One to DP a Lexus spot, which was used to launch the 2006 line. He also directed commercials for the “Speed of Sprint” campaign with Goodby Silverstein & Partners which won a Golden Lion at Cannes.

In 2008 Eddie directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans” (Released in 2010 by Red/Sony Pictures).

Location: Main Library Auditorium

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