The screening of the film on the island is significant because in 1908, the state of Massachusetts established a preserve on Martha’s Vineyard in an effort to save the Heath Hen, one of the five extinct birds McGrain memorializes in his sculpture project. Despite the protection, the species continued to decline. The last Heath Hen, a male, was seen in the wild on March 11, 1932 on the preserve.
The film follows McGrain through his effort to install a bronze sculpture of the Heath Hen in the Manuel Correllus State Forest on the island, memorializing the location where the last Heath Hen was seen in the wild 80 years prior.
A short video of the Heath Hen memorial dedication ceremony is below.