Reviews and Festivals
"Recommended. This film is a tightly constructed, engaging exploration of a uniquely important and controversial issue which would be appropriate for use in an array of disciplines."
- Educational Media Reviews Online
"This well-produced documentary is packed with insight into the science of ecology, revival of failing ecosystems, and resolution of animal-human conflicts. Recommended for school and public libraries serving both students and adults."
- Booklist (ALA)
"An excellent educational tool. It brings to life an important and recently documented pattern in ecological communities -- trophic cascades. The importance of top predators in regulating other populations of animals and plants in the ecosystem cannot be overemphasized."
- Mark Hixon, Professor of Marine Biology, Oregon State University
"The film does an excellent job of explaining the ecological importance of large carnivores (wolves in particular) and does so from an objective science-based perspective, rather than trying to play heavily to partisan emotions. It is entertaining, while simultaneously breaking down preconceptions and educating viewers on the importance of these often misunderstood creatures."
- Scott Fitkin, Okanogan District Wildlife Biologist,
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
"As someone who has worked in the center of wolf/human/livestock conflicts since wolves returned to the Northern Rockies, I was impressed with Lords of Nature. The science on top predators as well as the examples of people coexisting with wolves is vital for the public and everyone interested and involved in wolf recovery."
- Carter Niemeyer, Former Idaho Wolf Recovery Coordinator,
US Fish & Wildlife Service
"The film returns several times to the experiences and reflections of wildlife biologist Aldo Leopold. Through his classic conservation writings he argued for a land ethic that preserved the integrity and stability of biotic communities, including their crucial predators. Lords of Nature should motivate viewers to help us achieve Leopold's goals."
- Science Magazine (AAAS)
American Conservation Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capitol
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
FINALIST, HONORABLE MENTION for EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION
International Wildlife Film Festival