Filming The Return of Piping Plovers to Ohio After 83 Years with Christy Frank
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#102: Christy Frank is a wildlife conservation photographer and now a filmmaker based in Ohio who witnessed a truly extraordinary event... almost without realizing it.

A morning outing evolved into a summer of long days filming on the shores of powerful short film documenting the return of an endangered species to to the shores of Lake Erie.  

In May 2021, a pair of piping plovers - lovingly named Nish and Nellie - nested for the first time in the area in over 80 years. The event is historic, and brought together over 100 volunteers to protect them on the busy beach they chose as a nesting site. The dramas never ceased with the family of fierce little feather-balls, and the people who dedicated their time in hopes to see the family thrive and bring the species back to the area. 

Christy has brought the tale to life in a powerful short film title Ploverville. She joins us to talk about: 

  • What it's like being a still photographer jumping into filmmaking
  • How she pulled months' worth of footage into a 20-minute film
  • Her conservation goals for the project 
  • How she's tracking the impact of the film
  • Her hopes for piping plovers and what their presence means for other species in the area

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