RETURN FLIGHT: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands

RETURN FLIGHT chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists have been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands in the face of extensive DDT contamination, leading to some amazing results.


The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 60’s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and extensive DDT contamination. RETURN FLIGHT chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists have been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands, leading to some amazing results. (two-time past “Natural Heroes,” Emmy nominated filmmaker)  Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Waimea Film Festival, and many other festivals and screenings.

Producer, Writer & Director: Kevin White
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Editors: Theron Yeager & Gina Liebrecht
Camera: Richard Neil, David Donnenfield, Don Starnes, & Kevin White
Executive Producers: Jennifer Boyce, Gabrielle Dorr, Annie Little

Kevin White – Kevin has worked in media since 1980.  He started Full Frame Productions in 1984, and co-founded the non-profit Filmmakers Collaborative SF in 1988. Kevin has produced dozens of award-winning films and several series. His work includes Not All Parents Are Straight, which screened at the Berlin Film Festival, won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and aired nationally on PBS. He was co-director/cameraman for We Bring a Quilt, narrated by Robert Wagner, which aired on PBS and Bravo and was nominated for a national ACE Award. He was Co-Producer for The Women Next Door, which was in the Berlin Film Festival and aired nationally on the PBS documentary series POV, receiving many awards.
Since 2001, Kevin has focused on producing environmentally themed films, including From the Ground Up, Restoring Balance, Returning Home, A Land Between Rivers, andtheEmmy nominated, A Simple Question (produced with David Donnenfield). Many of these filmshave beenbroadcast on PBS, and received multiple festival invitations and awards.
In 2010, Kevin, and his colleague David Donnenfield, received the Harold Gilliam Award for Environmental Reporting from The Bay Institute for their work on the How On Earth project.

Kevin White –

Montrose Settlement Restoration Program
Filmmakers Collaborative SF
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Full Frame Productions

Find Out More:
Montrose Settlements Restoration Program  
Institute for Wildlife Studies
Channel Islands National Park


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