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 chapters (3 to 20 min. each), or “modules,” 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 the films' effectiveness in teaching science and biology, in both formal and informal settings. See Education + Accessiblity tab for more details on educational use.
Ideally, the film chapters should be viewed sequentially for full impact as a feature-length experience, or as a series. This is beacuse there are connections among the modules and an ongoing story arc. However, the chapters are also designed to work independently to facilitate website or classroom viewing in shorter segments.
The project is available free online for both streaming and downloading, for educational and personal private usage. For public screenings, we ask that you contact us, but public usage is also free for non-profit groups and fundraisers.