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Live bird program, movie showing next week in Tahoe City

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Squaw Valley Institute and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences will present a screening of "The Big Year" next week in Tahoe City.

The feature film presentation Thursday, March 5, is part of the SVI Monthly Movie Night Series at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, and part of the Tahoe Big Year, hosted by TINS.

The Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that visit or reside in the Tahoe region. Beginning Jan. 1, Tahoe Big Year participants began exploring the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species of birds as they can find during 2015.

This event is not strictly a competition, but an opportunity to learn about the Tahoe region's diverse bird community.

The Tahoe Big Year will be a gateway into the world of birding itself and a deeper appreciation of the region's natural history.

Participation is free and open to anyone, though TINS members benefit from additional perks such as member-only guided outings. For information, visit TahoeBigYear.org.

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The March 5 event will begin with a brief overview of the Tahoe Big Year, including an update from the first two months of the Tahoe Big Year competition and discussion of how people can participate during the remainder of the year.

A live bird program at the Tahoe Art Haus will allow attendees to see owls and other species up close. Raffle prizes from Northstar California, Patagonia and Squaw Valley Institute will be given out.

The evening will culminate with a screening of "The Big Year," a feature film starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

For details and tickets, visit tahoearthauscinema.com.

SVI members will be admitted free, but are asked to make ticket reservations in advance at squawvalleyinstitute.org.

TINS is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach. For information, visit tinsweb.org.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Squaw Valley Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting programs that span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports. For SVI event details, event tickets and membership information visit squawvalleyinstitute.org.