Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  54 minutes
Date:  1995
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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A Naturalist in the Rainforest

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A journey into the rainforest with naturalist Alexander Skutch.

A Naturalist in the Rainforest

This is an inspirational portrait of Alexander Skutch, one of the great naturalists of our time. It was in 1928 that Skutch first plunged into the Central American rainforest with the same enthusiasm and sense of wonder as the pioneer naturalists of the 19th century. In 1941 he settled in a secluded valley in Costa Rica. Here on his farm and nature reserve he has been able to achieve a rare intimacy with the rainforest's shy inhabitants.

He has written over two hundred articles and a dozen books. His voluminous life histories of the birds of Central America are considered by ornithologists to be an accomplishment comparable only to Audubon's in North America.

In this beautifully photographed film, Alexander Skutch guides us through the rainforest, explaining the biology that is unique to this environment, and showing the importance of preserving this dazzling reservoir of genetic diversity.

'Alexander Skutch contributed more to our knowledge of the Neotropics, especially its birdlife, than anyone else...Everyone should see this film.' Roger Tory Peterson

'The best film of its kind that I have seen in a long while. The shots of the birds and forest were excellent, but it was the man himself who gave the film the intimate quality most 'nature' films never approach.' Frank Graham, Jr., Field Editor, Audubon Magazine

'In tone and outlook perhaps the best film of its kind that I have seen.' Paul Slud, PhD, National Museum of Natural History

'It is truly rare to find someone like Mr. Skutch, who is such a wonderful and pure role model for the spirit of inquiry we value and hope to encourage in young people. Perhaps, it's rarer still to have his story told as beautifully as you did it in your film.' Connie Moffit, Executive Director, APASE

'Naturalist in the Rainforest is a loving, magnificently photographed tribute to Skutch and his pioneering ornithological work in one of the earth's 'last homes of mystery.'' Gary Handman, American Libraries


Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival
CINE Golden Eagle
Earthwatch Film Award
APASE Award, SciFest, Vancouver
Best Nature-Wildlife Film, TELLY Awards
Editor's Choice, Science Books and Films
Bronze Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival
International Environmental Film Festival, Pretoria


Main credits

Feyling, Paul (screenwriter)
Feyling, Paul (cinematographer)
Feyling, Paul (editor of moving image work)
Dufty, Allison (narrator)

Other credits

Music, Ed Bogas [and 5 others].

Distributor credits

Paul Feyling

Paul Feyling

Docuseek2 subjects

Forests and Rainforests
Animal Behavior
Costa Rica
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Animal Behavior/Communication
Central America/The Caribbean
Environmental Ethics
Forests and Rainforests


rainforest, Alexander Skutch, birds, Central America, rainforest, biology, genetic diversity, ; ornithology, Costa Rica; "A Naturalist in the Rainforest"; Bullfrog Films

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