Announcing the return of the Schubot Cinema Series

We are happy to announce the streaming of our second movie as part of the Schubot Cinema Series. Come relax and watch a bird film with us!  We’ll pause it every now and then to talk about the science. The event is open to any Schubot member or non-member, friends, or family.


Where: Avian Health Complex (Schubot Aviary) classroom, Building 0165. Free parking/no permit needed.  New members- take a quick tour and get your free shirt or hat!

When: Tuesday, January 24, 4 pm.  Movie starts at 4:15.

Why: To build community and learn together!  Enjoy some popcorn, pop, treats.

The movie: The Indonesian Parrot Project  (2019) ~30 minutes long.

The film’s scientific editor and producer, Dr. George Olah, will be with us sharing his experiences producing the film.

We hope you can join us!

Film Synopsis:

The Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) has been conducting important conservation work to save parrots and cockatoos from extinction in Indonesia. The film shows the history and current work of IPP, the challenges of parrot conservation in Indonesia, and the importance of protecting parrots as flagship species. We zig-zag around the Indonesian archipelago following local researchers to show their work in action. We travel to the remote island of Masakambing to see the collaboration with local people looking after the last remaining population of the Abbotti cockatoo, to the Moluccas to observe the parrot rehabilitation and release center of IPP, and to the Komodo island to reveal how the famous dragons contribute to the conservation of a critically endangered cockatoo species. In the documentary we examine all aspects of parrot conservation including the roles and responsibilities of conservationists, decision makers, local communities and eco-tourists, demonstrating that success can be achieved only by well-organized cooperation among them.

Dr. George Olah Bio

Dr Olah is a scientist and conservation geneticist, mainly working on parrots and other birds. He acquired his Master of Science degree in Zoology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 in Hungary. After his degree, he participated in many field-based research projects on parrots in Central and South America including Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia. He worked for the Tambopata Macaw Project in the Peruvian Amazon for several years, and also in the eco-tourism industry in Peru. When he realized that the human impacts on the habitat of parrot and macaw species were accelerating, he decided to undertake a PhD in conservation biology to enable a scientifically based evaluation of conservation management in the area. He completed his degree at The Australian National University in 2016, where subsequently he engaged in research on endangered parrots as Postdoctoral Fellow. Currently, he is working for the Natural History Unit of the BBC Studios, he is a director of the nonprofit organization Wildlife Messengers, and holds a position as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s Forensics, King’s College London.