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Coles County on the birding map with new movie

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CHARLESTON — The Grand Prairie Friends are having a very special “world movie premiere” for a movie called “The Magic Stump” at Warbler Ridge near Charleston, as part of their Fall Fete event on Saturday, Sept 24.

The documentary, created by Turnstone (Chicago), follows three well-known Coles-County bird experts, Dave Mott, Ron Bradley and Tyler Funk, as the discover the secrets of “the magic stump”. This true-life account of a discovery by these birders of a random stump in a farm field in Coles County, takes viewers on a journey to discover a host of unusual birds which frequent the rural Coles County stump along their migration path. What draws the birds to this exact spot is quite the mystery.

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To celebrate the movie debut, Grand Prairie Friends will host an entire afternoon of family-friendly bird events starting at 4 p.m., along with lectures and bird walks from the three local “movie star cast members”. Just prior to the 7 p.m. movie showing, the cast will participate in a Q&A panel.

Food vendors will be available, the event is open and free to the public. Lawn Chairs are suggested for the outdoor viewing.

For more information about the movie, check out a short trailer for the movie on YouTube or visit

To reach the Grand Prairie Friends, contact Sarah Livesay at


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