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Urban Ark Los Angeles

This eleven-minute documentary focuses on the red-crowned parrots of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles. Endangered in their Mexican habitat because of the pet trade and habitat loss, these parrots are thriving in Los Angeles: an introduced bird species living off introduced trees. What happened by sheer luck for these parrots might become a model for urban conservation in the future.

Check out the film and accompanying essays and photo essays by UCLA faculty and graduate students here:

KCET:
https://www.kcet.org/urban-ark/

CityLab:
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/06/the-case-for-sanctuary-cities-for-endangered-species/562091/

Wired:
https://www.wired.com/story/endangered-species-and-the-case-for-sanctuary-cities

Mother Jones:
https://www.wired.com/story/endangered-species-and-the-case-for-sanctuary-cities

Elemental Reports:
https://elementalreports.com/urbanization/2018/06/08/parrots-fill-the-soundscape-in-los-angeles/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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UPCOMING LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

Keynote: “Mapping Urban Nature and Multispecies Storyworlds.” Design with Nature Now. University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign/The McHarg Center. Friday, 21 June 2019, 5:30-6:15pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Keynote: “Planet of Cities: Multispecies Environments and Narrative Futures.” ASLE Convention. Friday, 28 June 2019, 1O:30am-12:00pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, University of California, Davis.

Seminar: “Science Fiction and the Imagination of Planetary Futures.” Institute for World Literature, Harvard University, 1-12 July 2019.

Lecture: “Science Fiction and Anthropocene Realism.” Johns Hopkins University, 25 September 2019, 4:15pm.

Keynote: “The IPBES Report and Extinction Narrative.” Conference: Burning the Library of Life: Species Extinction and the Humanities. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 26-27 September 2019.

Keynote: “Extinction and Multispecies Justice.” Conference: Towards Extinction, To Ward Off Extinction, Universit√© de Lille, 7-9 November 2019.

Lecture: “Urban Storytelling and Multispecies Futures.” 14 December 2019, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan.

Lecture: “Environmental Futurism and Science Fiction.” 15 December 2019, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.