The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire student and adult audiences of all backgrounds. The feature-length film (88 min.) is comprised of eight shorter video modules (3 to 20 min.), or “chapters,” that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant –yet amazing and diverse–groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos.
Each video chapter explores key themes in animal behavior, ecology, or evolution, and conveys the process of scientific research with high school and college science standards in mind. Related educational resources are available to facilitate classroom or self-directed (e.g., homework) use. See EDUCATION tab for more details on educational use.
Ideally, the film chapters should be viewed sequentially for full impact as a feature-length experience or a series–as there are connections among the modules. However, the chapters are also designed to work independently to facilitate website or classroom viewing in shorter segments.