“He really was an enchanting person. In some way he was like the spiritual father of everybody…. It is hard to imagine Central Park without Charles Kennedy.” Marie Winn, author of Red-tails in Love, and close friend of Charles, remembering him after his death in October 2004

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pale Male Soars in Houston!!

Deb and I just had a fantastic experience with the great people of the Houston Audubon Society. Wow! What gracious folks––staff and members alike. After spending the month of October enjoying a variety of interactions with the Houston group as part of their annual gala, we flew down to Houston for a screening of “The Legend of Pale Male”, which took place on Thursday evening. It was a moving experience to accept an award from Houston Audubon honoring Charles’s dedication to nature conservation, birds, and Pale Male….. and honoring his body of work as a photographer and writer.

I look forward to future work with the Houston folks as we develop new materials for educators based on the film and Charles’s books. Charles loved serendipity and synchronicity. I think we’ve found both here in Houston!

Thanks again, Houston friends!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Hi Folks, 

Tomorrow (Thursday) night!!!! 2ND AND FINAL ONLINE CHAT!   hometweet.org

The Houston Audubon Society is offering one more chance to meet the amazing filmmaker Frederic Lilien and learn more about the powerful documentary "The Legend of Pale Male" featuring the famous nesting Red-tailed Hawks of NYC. 

The Houston Audubon group has been soooo gracious in honoring the film, the filmmakers, and my late uncle's work all month long that I hope we can return the love by having a bunch of you all joining in with us!

Thursday, October 18
7:00-8:30 p.m. CENTRAL.  6:00-7:30 p.m. MOUNTAIN. etc.......

The last chat was a kick, and the Houston group has cleaned up some technical glitches so this event should be smooth and a lot of fun. 

Please join us for any or all of that 90 minute window---- you can chime in, ask questions or just lurk at the site. :-)   We're hoping to pack the (virtual) house tomorrow night.


My video thanks to Houston Audubon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgue-v-Vdf4

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


WELCOME, HOUSTON AUDUBON FANS! I invite you to peruse this site honoring my late uncle, Charles Kennedy. Make sure you check out the resources down the right side of this site.

And to all visitors:

CHECK OUT HOUSTON AUDUBON's GALA site!! http://www.hometweet.org/heroes/

They are honoring the Legend of Pale Male, filmmaker Frederic Lilien, screenwriter Janet Hess, and my sweet, late Uncle Charles!!!!!

They have a great online auction going on from Oct 1-18. Get in there and bid it up. A great cause!

There will be online chats with Frederic, Janet, and yours truly on October 13 and 18. JOIN US!

Thanks so much, HOUSTON AUDUBON!!  
(video thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgue-v-Vdf4 )

Leadership in Conservation Advocacy

Please join Houston Audubon in honoring these amazing people behind the film Pale Male and The Legend of Pale Male. Their involvement in the creation of these beautiful works of art and the years of dedication toward subsequent advocacy efforts for birds and wildlife are appreciated and acknowledged here. We are humbled to know them by their leadership, generosity, and grace. Their lists of achievements are long and noble, and may their positive impact on society be everlasting.

Frederic Lilien

Frederic Lilien
At the age of 23, Frederic Lilien left his native country of Belgium for NYC. His first film, Pale Male garnered 15 international awards and has aired in more than 75 countries. His work has been featured in documentaries for HBO, Canal Plus, Turner Broadcasting, and PBS. The Legend of Pale Male is his first feature film and the culmination of 16 years of following New York’s love affair with one remarkable hawk. Today, Frederic dedicates the film to helping nonprofits raise awareness for their missions for the benefit of birds and wildlife everywhere.

Janet Hess

Janet Hess
Janet Hess is the Series Editor of NATURE, the premier natural history series from Thirteen/WNET for PBS. She has written and produced some 20 documentary programs. She collaborated with Frederic Lilien on his first film, the original “Pale Male,” for which she was awarded the 2004 Emmy Award for writing.

Steven Kennedy and the late Charles Francis Kennedy

Charles and Steve Kennedy
Writer and retired educator Steven Kennedy received a rare inheritance: the unpublished photographs, essays, haiku poems, and papers of his late uncle Charles F. Kennedy, the beloved New York City naturalist and photographer well-known for his passion for birds and especially Pale Male. Steven’s charge from his uncle is to “make my life’s work available to anyone who might enjoy them when I’m gone.” Steven has aptly done so, and is Adjunct Professor of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He and wife Deb, reside in Aurora, Colorado and are avid birders.