May 21, 2024


Chicago’s well-known pair of Piping Plovers, Monty and Rose, are the themes of a brand new documentary movie that may debut on Labor Day Weekend on the Music Box Theatre, positioned about 2.5 miles from Montrose Beach, the place the birds have nested for the final three summers. 

As members of the federally endangered Great Lakes inhabitants, Monty and Rose have been already invaluable members of their species after they hatched on the shores of western Michigan in 2017. Only about 70 pairs of Piping Plovers dwell across the Great Lakes, far fewer than the a number of hundred pairs that existed across the 12 months 1900. Only a dozen pairs have been hanging on in 1990, however since then, conservation work has helped the birds rebound. The aim is to revive their inhabitants to 150 pairs by 2050.

In 2019, the birds confirmed up on Montrose Beach and shortly laid eggs. The species final efficiently nested in Chicago in 1948, so Monty and Rose made headlines, not solely in Chicago however across the nation. A 2019 music pageant that will have come inside ft of the plovers’ nest was cancelled to guard the birds.

Read our August 2017 cowl story about Great Lakes Piping Plovers

Their presence is the fruits of 20 years of habitat restoration actions at Montrose Beach Dunes, a state pure space on Lake Michigan, and the efforts of Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery and Research. In April of this 12 months, due to Monty and Rose, the Chicago Park District expanded the pure space at Montrose by 3.1 acres. 

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Volunteer plover monitor Bob Dolgan began filming the birds after they arrived in Chicago two years in the past. Dolgan is a previous board member of the Chicago Ornithological Society, and he writes the This Week in Birding e-newsletter. Dolgan’s firm, Turnstone Strategies, produced the documentary, “Monty and Rose,” which is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The movie follows the story of the plovers and the tons of of volunteers who’ve protected them. Against the chances, Monty and Rose have hatched 11 chicks on one of many busiest stretches of the busiest seashore in Chicago.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Central time, at www.montyandrose.web. Screenings are slated for 1 pm, Saturday, September 4, and at 2:30 pm on Monday, September 6. Ticket costs are $25 for the premiere, which is able to embody a panel dialogue afterward, and $20 for the second displaying. A portion of proceeds profit the schooling work of the nonprofit Great Lakes Flyway Project.

Music Box Theatre is positioned at 3733 North Southport Ave., Chicago.

Watch the trailer

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