Parents' Guide to

Birders

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Docu about bird watchers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Movie NR 2019 37 minutes
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This documentary is peculiarly content-free, but kids will love the gorgeous visuals. With no narration, no narrative arc, no tension, no real warnings, or prescriptions for how to save birds or their habitats, Birders meanders. Different people say the same things over and over. At one point we find ourselves in a National Weather Service office looking at clouds of migrating birds on a weather map. No real point is made about this. Among the repeated messages: a wall wouldn't be good for migratory birds, that animals know no borders, that the migratory corridor along the south U.S.-Mexico border hosts millions of birds going both ways as they travel to good weather and sustaining food sources at different times of the year.

The nature photography is lovely -- closeups of owls hooting and long shots of hawks seeking prey. The music of birdsong is far more riveting than anything said by any of the humans in this movie.

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