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A documentary film entitled Bluebirds of Antietam aired on Maryland Public Television (MPT) on July 18, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

This film was produced by Stefanie Boss of Hagerstown and directed by Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg. It tells the story of one couple’s efforts to save the bluebird from extinction.

After spotting a bluebird outside their Sharpsburg cabin, Mark and Jean Raabe began a 35-year effort to provide nest boxes for bluebirds whose lose of habitat and other factors had decimated their numbers.

The film shares the story of their success in fledging over 10,000 bluebirds and the work that continues today on one of the oldest continually monitored bluebird trails in the United States: Antietam National Battlefield. And, it is the only trail within national park boundaries.

This film has been accepted into several film festivals, including the Maryland International Film Festival, which will be held in Hagerstown on August 20-22, 2021. It has garnered a Silver Telly Award in the Nature category and a Bronze Award for Cinematography.

For further information, please follow the film’s Facebook page: “Bluebirds of Antietam” or contact the Producer, Stefanie Boss.