‘Sentinels of the Boreal’ Released Today to Celebrate Earth Day

Sentinels of the Boreal, a film by Tomas Koeck, releases on Earth Day 2021.

The boreal forest is the largest wilderness in the world, stretching from Maine to Alaska in the Americas in addition to being a prominent biome in Europe and Asia. This forest is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including moose, warblers, and wolves. Yet few of the forest’s species can capture the mystique of one of the most elusive animals in the Americas, the great gray owl.

We invite readers to view the Earth Day premiere of the short film Sentinels of the Boreal by Courier contributor and Sacred Heart student Tomas Koeck. This film was produced with funding from the School of Communication, Media & Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Tamron USA. The film was also produced in association with the National Audubon Society and Friends of Sax-Zim Bog.

Join Tomas as he shows viewers what makes the boreal forest so special and worth fighting to preserve. To watch the film, click on the embedded video link below. To comment and like on YouTube, please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRvPnMIfWp4.

Tomas Koeck
Tomas Koeck

Koeck is a photographer and videographer. He is completing his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the School of Communication, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University. He has worked on several stories with the non-profit Vision Project and is on the Easton Courier’s news team.  He has published in the Connecticut Audubon Society, TAMRON Optics, ESPN, and the Spectrum. He has also been featured on the prestigious Instagram wildlife photography platforms Elite Owls and Elite Raptors. He also runs a YouTube channel with over 20,000 subscribers.

He has conducted scientific research for Penn State University on invasive plant regeneration as well as field work with Dr. Kim Steiner of Penn State’s dendrology forest biology division. Koeck is also a recipient of the University of Connecticut’s Environmental Studies Award and has published species profiles for the Connecticut Audubon Society.