2020-03-17: The global COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold as do institutional and government responses. We are monitoring the situation and responding to guidance and imperatives from Queen's University. For now we intend to stay open for individual researchers for the Spring and Summer but encourage them to access our facilities and landbase each day from home packing their own bagged lunch. We will not host gatherings of more than 10 people, and field courses, large workshops and other such meetings will not be hosted until further notice. For researchers from farther away, we will work to accommodate you in our facilities but will seek to ensure 'social distancing' with only one person per cabin, plenty of hand sanitizer and soap and water, and access to cooking facilities so that individuals may provide for themselves (we are exploring kitchen options). Please contact us should you have questions and note that our plans and actions may change as the situation evolves. Here is a link to COVID-19 resources at Queen's: https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/

Should you have questions regarding activities at QUBS please contact our Senior Manager Sonia Nobrega, Operations Managers of our two campuses, Aron Zolderdo and Adam Morcom, of QUBS Director Stephen Lougheed.

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Screening of the documentary 'The Messenger'

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Conservation Queen’s and the local chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting a screening of the award-winning film ‘The Messenger’ in Dupuis Hall Auditorium at Queen's University (campus map) on Wednesday November 9th at 7:00 pm. The cinematography is outstanding and the themes provocative and moving. The film discusses human relationships with birds over human history and the current extinction crisis through the lens of avian diversity (see the synopsis below). After the screening we will have a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Vicki Friesen (seabird biologist & conservation geneticist. Biology, Queen's University)
  • Mark D. Read (global birder & education chair, Kingston Field Naturalists)
  • Dr. Rachel Vallender (bird conservation biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service)

The screening is sponsored by the Queen’s University Biological Station, the School of Environmental Studies, and the Department of Biology.

Admission is free.

THE MESSENGER, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers.  

For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Beautiful slow motion photography illustrates the power and beauty of these delicate winged creatures that have been praised and eulogized across cultures and
throughout time.  

Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it. As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans – one that we ignore at our own peril.

Poster for the documentary the Messenger.

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