Scavenger Hunt DVD

The California Condor Has Been Saved From Extinction But Now Faces Another Threat

Timely Documentary Will Be Available Nationwide on DVD and digital platforms 3/5/2013


Los Angeles, CA (February 26, 2013) SCAVENGER HUNT, a documentary by Matthew Podolsky and Eddie Chung, captures the recent crises faced by one of California’s most endangered species– lead poisoning. The film has earned praise from numerous environmental film festivals for its investigation into the lead poisoning issue, which stems from the ammunition used by some hunters.   The film will be released on DVD and video on demand platforms starting March 5, 2013.

The California Condor’s numbers have been rising since their near extinction in the 1980’s. But now, the condor is facing another danger that might mean their doom: lead poisoning from the ammunition the birds consume when they feast on downed animals.  The film follows biologists who have dedicated their lives to rebuilding the population while trying to convince hunters to use nonlead bullets.

SCAVENGER HUNT produced by Boise non-profit Wild Lens, features Chris Parish, who heads field operations for  a non-profit dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction, The Peregrine Fund. In addition to Parish, the film features several Peregrine Fund employees as well as physicians, veterinarians, hunters, NRA representatives, and policymakers. Matthew Podolsky, who received degrees in both Environmental Science and Cinema/Photography, produced and co-directed the film, has previously worked on The Peregrine Fund’s Northern Arizona condor recovery project, gaining insights into the intricacies of captive breeding and the effort to monitor birds in the wild.

Podolsky teamed up with Eddie Chung (The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans) to make this remarkable documentary.

“Our goal with this film is not to say that a voluntary effort is the best or only solution to the problem.  Instead, we hope that this film will allow hunters to get the credit that they deserve for the effort that they have put forth to protect one of the world’s most endangered bird species. We hope to show that despite the ever-present rhetoric from gun rights organizations like the NRA and the NSSF, hunters truly are America’s greatest conservationists.” –Matthew Podolsky and Eddie Chung

Synopsis: The California Condor neared extinction in the 1980s until biologists nurtured the population and saw their numbers grow upward to over 400. However, these noble birds face a grave threat which prevents them from flourishing further: lead poisoning.  SCAVENGER HUNT chronicles the dilemma between bird and man, as the condors are being poisoned by lead which they contract from eating the flesh of deer with lead ammunition fragments.  Filmmaker Matthew Podolsky finds the one person who understands all sides of the issue: Chris Parish, the Condor Program Director charged with protecting the birds and a lifelong hunter. Parish is the link to reconciling card-holding NRA members with the EPA activists through his efforts to convert hunters voluntarily to non-lead ammunition. |


DVD DETAILS:SRP: $19.95 | TRT: 56 minutesStreet date: 3/5/13UPC: 881394117327| Catalog: CLS 1173

Genre: Documentary


  • Lead & Eagles
  • A Lead Bullet Study
  • A Day in the Life of a Condor Biologist
  • Life in the Canyon
  • Loons & Lead
  • The Effects of Lead on Humans


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