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Director Louie Schwartzberg's Earth Day Webinar on Best Gardening Practices in Support of the Pollinators & the New Disneynature Film "Wings of Life"


Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM (PDT)

Director Louie Schwartzberg's Earth Day Webinar on...

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Louie Schwartzberg, Director & Cinematographer, Disneynature's "Wings of Life"

Louie Schwartzberg

Wings of Life DVD Blue-Ray


Best Practices to Help the Pollinators

By: Victoria Wojcik, Ph.D., Research Program Manager, Pollinator Partnership

Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D.

Worldwide, roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.  The same is true of wildland flowers and trees – between 60 to 90% of them depend on animal pollinator for reproduction.

The birds, bees, bats, butterflies, beetles, moths, and other critters that help move pollen from one plant to another also help support life as we know it.

Worldwide there is disturbing evidence that pollinating animals have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites.

But you can help! Small steps can add up to great change. This presentation will go over the who, what, when, where, and how of pollination, and how you can help save the birds and the bees!

Pollinator Guides

Gardens for Pollinators

By: Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch, University of Kansas

Chip Taylor

Traditionally, most gardens are planted with only the plants in mind and plants are selected for their floral displays with little or no regard for pollinators or insects of beauty and interest.

Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch from the University of Kansas will discuss Gardening for Pollinators and will show how you can design gardens to attract birds, a diverse group of bees - none of whom will sting you, an array of unique pollinating flies, and a bounty of butterflies including monarchs.

This is gardening with another purpose - the purpose of conservation - in which you provide resources for an interesting and important group of organisms whose habitats are declining rapidly.

The presence of these pollinators - these fascinating and often beautiful winged vectors of life, these bearers of pollen - will enhance your garden and give you the satisfaction of knowing that your gardening will help sustain the pollinators that sustain us.

Bee Garden

Bee Garden


Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D., Research Program Manager, Pollinator

Vicki Wojcik is an optimistic ecologist and city dweller that believes human populations and the natural world can coexist. Her graduate research focused on understanding the factors that influence the occurrence of bees in cities. This focus on pollinators in human-dominated landscapes has continued into her professional career. As part of the P2 science team Dr. Wojcik develops and manages studies that investigate how pollinators interact with managed agriculture, industrial lands, and urban landscapes. Dr. Wojcik also works with the P2 consulting team to restore and rehabilitate private and corporate lands for pollinators. Vicki received her B.Sc. Honours from the University of Guelph in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management from UC Berkeley in 2009. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books, magazines, and industry publications. Dr. Wojcik also holds an appointment as an adjunct lecturer in biology at the University of California, Berkeley. When she isn’t professionally planning and managing landscapes for pollinators you can find Vicki in her home garden in San Francisco helping the local urban bee population.

Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Founder and Director of Monarch Watch; and Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University
of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Trained as an insect ecologist, Chip Taylor has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization, reproductive biology, population dynamics and plant demographics and pollination. Starting in 1974, Chip Taylor established research sites and directed students studying Neotropical African honey bees (killer bees) in French Guiana, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 1992, as the bee research was coming to an end, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Through the last 20 years Monarch Watch has enlisted the help of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced many new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration.

Eight years ago, in recognition that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6000 acres a day in the United States, Monarch Watch created the Monarch Waystation program. The goal of this program is to inspire the public, schools and others to create habitats for monarch butterflies and to assist Monarch Watch in educating the public about the decline in resources for monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats.

"I have been studying the effects of climate on monarch populations for several years and climate change really has me worried. Higher temperatures are likely to negatively affect monarch populations by reducing reproductive success and altering the distribution and abundances of milkweed species on which the monarchs depend."


Victoria Wojcik, Ph.D.
Research Program Manager
Pollinator Partnership
423 Washington Street 5th Floor
San Francisco CA  94111
t: 415-362-1137
f: 415-362-3070

Chip Taylor
Executive Director
Monarch Watch
t: 1-888-TAGGING -or- 1-785-864-4441
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Dplex-L: send message "info Dplex-L" to
Create, Conserve, and Protect Monarch Habitats


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Michael Leifer
Co-Founder & President
8 School Street
Fairfax, CA 94930
t: 415-456-1285


Please visit the Wings of Life  Electronic Press Kit of publicly available  promotional content (videos, synopsis, pictures, banners, press releases & more).


ecodads - wings of life electronic press kit

Schedule a screening, request an interview and find out more about the film. 

Please help spread the word by sharing, posting & tweeting it up.  Thank you!!

Wings of Life Poster


An award-winning filmmaker whose career spans over 35 years, Louie Schwartzberg is distinguished as an artist and a pioneer who transformed 35mm time-lapse photography into an arresting art form made available for the first time to feature films and other content platforms.  His stunning nature, aerial and slice-of-life imagery has helped transform films by such directors as Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Haggis and Ridley Scott, including “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Crash,” “Erin Brockovich,” “E.T.,” “Independence Day,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Men in Black,” “Koyaanisqatsi,” “Twister” and countless others.  As the only cinematographer in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for well over three decades, Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.

Schwartzberg is founder of BlackLight Films, a company that produces large-format films, features and documentaries, including “America’s Heart & Soul” for Walt Disney Pictures.  Among his current projects, Schwartzberg is launching Moving Art, the first collection of 2D and 3D moving images created as fine art for digital screens, from nature to cityscapes to visual effects.  As a director he is also completing “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” a 3D IMAX film with National Geographic, set for release in late fall 2013.  The film is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small and too vast for the human eye to see.

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