By Jack Williams
This fascinating video project saw a pair of wildlife videographers monitor the same tree for a WHOLE YEAR.
Through their incredible commitment, Bruno D’Amicis and Umberto Esposito were able to capture intimate moments involving bears, wild boars, deer, foxes, and an array of other animals.
On any given day the pair did not know how the creatures of the Abruzzo Lazio and Molise National Park in Italy would react to the tree – be it a bear scratching its back or a wolf marking its territory.
The project, entitled “A Tree, 365 Days,” ran from June 2016 to May 2017, and when they set out, Bruno, 38, and Umberto, 34, hoped to capture animals in ways that the public don’t normally get to see.
Such a rarity included sightings of endangered Marsican brown bears – a specific highlight, Bruno said.
He and Umberto chose a “special” tree in the forest, Bruno said, as it had a proven track record for being somewhat of a hub and meeting point for different kinds of animals.
Through such footage, the pair of filmmakers also hope to raise awareness for the protection of such forests, as the project stems from an original multimedia idea, “ForestBeat,” to document old-growth beech forests and make them more appealing to the public.
Bruno and Umberto’s video has been viewed more than five millions times, and in their native Italy the project has received extremely positive reviews.
Bruno said: “I am glad that many people can understand the importance of those unique forests and realize that even in a country like Italy, so densely populated, there is still an abundance of wildlife worth preserving.
“The tree is placed along a wildlife trail and is a so-called rub-tree, where brown bears rub their back to leave a trace of their odor and thus inform other individuals of their presence and status.
“This has a territorial and hierarchical function.
“It seems like simple footage, but to find such a tree takes a lot of work.
“Besides, we believe in the power of honest imagery to draw people attention and convey a strong message of conservation.”