A movie by “Monty and Rose” Director, Bob Dolgan, chronicling the wildlife of agricultural wetlands of Illinois
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
McHenry County College
FLUDDLES chronicles the wildlife of agricultural wetlands of Illinois. Sometimes simply described as “big puddles,” fluddles appear in the spring and fall and provide habitat and forage for a diversity of waterfowl and shorebird species. FLUDDLES takes viewers on a journey to these secret, oft-fleeting wildernesses in a time when Illinois has lost 90% of its original wetlands. FLUDDLES features those who enjoy the beauty of wetlands while showcasing the movement under way to construct more wetlands, which provide critical habitat, reduce flooding and erosion, and help to ensure healthier waterways. FLUDDLES is a follow-up to THE MAGIC STUMP and the second in The Prairie State film series. ~ View the Fluddles Preview and more information
About the Filmmaker
Bob Dolgan’s films about Chicago Piping Plovers, Monty and Rose, documented the first nesting Piping Plovers in the City of Chicago in 70-plus years. The films have been screened more than 100 times, broadcast on public television in Illinois and Michigan, and accepted to several film festivals. His newest film, “The Magic Stump,” released in Fall 2022, is the first of a Prairie State series documenting the nature of Illinois. Bob received the 2022 Excellence in Environmental Reporting Award from Chicago Audubon Society. Learn more about his work at www.turnstoneimpact.com and www.twibchicago.com.
Partners in this project include U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, John Wesley Powell Audubon Society, Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, Peoria Audubon Society, The Wetlands Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, Illinois Environmental Council, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership, Agri Drain Corporation, Red Hill Birding, Arkansas Audubon Society, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, and individual land owners and birders.