Wildlife Fed Partners with WB on Owl Movie

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 3:10 p.m.

RESTON, Va. — National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has teamed up with the Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole to inspire kids and families to learn about wildlife and protect habitat.

The film follows the adventures of Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories about the Guardians, a mythic band of winged warrior owls. The youngster soon embarks on his own daring quest to find his heroes and save all of owlkind. It opens in 3D nationwide on Sept.r 24, with NWF serving as the production’s education partner.

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder, who makes his animation debut with Legend of the Guardians, was inspired to make the movie by the beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole series of books by Kathryn Lasky. He and his wife, Deborah Snyder, the film’s executive producer, were encouraged to pursue the project after they heard owls calling outside their home.

“Legend of the Guardians beautifully portrays many different species of owls that are found locally. We hope the film and the popularity of the books will inspire people of all ages to learn more about these amazing birds, and use the online resources we’ve created to get outside and discover nature,” said Carey Stanton, National Wildlife Federation senior director for education.

“… Legend of the Guardians is a film that showcases nature and will have kids thinking about how they can help owls and other species and habitats,” said Nicole Sedita, Warner Bros. Vice President for National Promotions.

National Wildlife Federation also is asking children and families to help save “owlkind” and play an important role in wildlife conservation with symbolic adoptions of the species featured in the film. These adoptions help NWF in its efforts to protect species, restore wildlife habitat and connect people to nature. Families, youngsters and classrooms can find fun things to do help owls such as go on an owl prowl and record species, create a habitat, build an owl nest box or just make fun arts and crafts projects to educate others about these amazing birds. Find ideas on how you can help owls in the Legend of the Guardians activity guide created by National Wildlife Federation, available for download at www.nwf.org/owls.

National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest conservation organization, publisher of award-winning children’s magazines Ranger Rick®, Your Big Backyard®, and Wild Animal Baby®. National Wildlife Federation educates and motivates more than five million members, partners, affiliates, and supporters to seek solutions to reduce global warming, protect and restore wildlife habitat, and connect people of all ages with nature. For more information, visit www.nwf.org.

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