Nature Films for Earth Day

Underwater film stills from “Mission Blue” and a still of a Philippine Eagle from “Bird of Prey.”

Celebrate Earth Day by attending the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival’s Spring Docs Day, a double feature of two nature films on Sunday, April 22, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

The afternoon will start at 2 p.m. with the Emmy Award-winning film “Mission Blue” from directors Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon, who trace the life work of oceanographer, marine biologist and activist Dr. Sylvia Earle and her effort to create “Hope Zones,” or global networks of protected marine sanctuaries that would serve as underwater national parks.

A Q&A with scientist, author and founding president of Stony Brook University’s Blue Ocean Institute, Dr. Carl Safina — who appears in the film — will follow the screening.

At 4 p.m., Eric Liner’s “Birds of Prey” will make its New York premiere at the theater, located at 1 Bay Street. The documentary from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology features footage by six-time Emmy Award-winning wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig, who filmed the first images of the Philippine Eagle in 1977 and returns to the Philippines in this film for an expedition to find and protect the raptor that now faces extinction.

Admission to “Mission Blue” is free and tickets for “Birds of Prey” are $20. For more information, please visit