In June 2021, Great Lakes Now covered the story of Monty and Rose, the pair of endangered piping plovers who built their nest on a busy Chicago beach. Now, Chicago-based filmmaker Bob Dolgan has documented the progress of Monty, Rose, and their offspring over the years.
This endearing feature-length documentary focuses on the endangered Piping Plovers that have nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach. Monty and Rose are the first of their species to successfully nest in Chicago since 1948. The film tells the story of how the birds took up residence on one of the busiest stretches of the most popular beaches in Chicago. Follow these resilient birds from their hatching in western Michigan in 2017 to their subsequent nesting seasons. Don’t miss this heartwarming documentary.
Tune in Monday, April 18, 10 p.m.
About Filmmaker Bob Dolgan
Bob started the “Monty and Rose” project as a volunteer monitor in Chicago in 2019. Despite having little experience in filmmaking, he launched a Kickstarter to get a film made about the birds. Bob manages Turnstone Strategies, a marketing/communications business with a specialty in nonprofit organizations, and is a past Board Member of Chicago Ornithological Society. He writes the This Week in Birding newsletter, which is published twice each week. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chicago Reader, Chicago Wilderness, Richmond Times-Dispatch and on the City Creatures blog. Bob earned his BA from Kenyon College and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.