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Entomology Documentary in Ecuador

$6,080 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 4 months
Created September 15, 2018
Charles É. Ferland
Two weeks. Ecuador. 15 entomology students. What contemporary environmental challenges can we address using entomology? That's what we'll find out in the field entomology documentary project.

My name is Charles-Étienne Ferland. I'm a 2nd year Masters student in entomology at the University of Guelph seeking sponsors for my upcoming documentary on entomology in Ecuador. 

As a volunteer, from April 25 to May 13, 2019, I will accompany a group of 15 students, with instructors Dr. Scott-Dupree and Dr. Marshall from the University of Guelph (U of G), on the 20th anniversary of the field entomology course. The course will take place at the Yanayacu Biological Station in Ecuador. I plan to shoot and produce a 50 minute documentary on entomological research across borders with a focus on systematics and taxonomy, insect behaviour and ecology, and management of insects pests.

My goal is to highlight the ecological, behavioral and taxonomic research that is being conducted and to tell a story of how people come to study insects to address contemporary issues of our planet such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land-use changes and chemical pollution. I want to talk about the rich history of this field course and demonstrate the success of outdoors hands-on education in inspiring young students to pursue graduate studies and to become active members of the scientific community. I believe that I can show how much we need entomologists in today’s world. In 2018, I had the chance to participate in the same field entomology course in Costa Rica and produce a basic entomology video ( https://youtu.be/txfCLAK4Ktc ). This year, with better preparation, equipment and training in videography, I am confident that I can narrate a great story about what insects can teach us about the world in which we live.

I anticipate screening the film at the University of Guelph (U of G) and to distribute it online for outreach and education. I also intend to write and publish about my experience.

Thank you kindly for your support!
Charles

More about my projects: https://charlesetienneferland.com/ 

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National Geographic Early Career grant, video proposal: 

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Update 6
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1 day ago
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Testing the Evo Rage 3 gimbal with my Canon XA-30 in preparation for my documentary project! Thanks so much for your trust and support! This project has already grown beyond my expectations!
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Update 5
Posted by Charles É. Ferland
2 days ago
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Last weekend,-30°C felt like a good temperature to stay inside and test some material for my upcoming field entomology documentary project
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Update 4
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1 month ago
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The Ecuador Entomology Documentary now benefits from the support of the Taffy Davison travel grant ! A tremendous thanks to the estate of Dr. Greta I. Davison and @uofg / @UofGuelphOAC & @UofG_SES !
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Update 3
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1 month ago
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Two great news for the Ecuador documentary! The project now benefits from the support of the Taffy Davison Memorial Research Travel Grant, and I have been able to purchase a Canon XA30 thanks to the generosity of all donors and sponsors! :)
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Raised by 24 people in 4 months
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Charles É. Ferland
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