Film based on game warden Guy Bradley
This film is loosely based on the life of Guy Bradley (1870-1905). In the late 1880s, there was a huge demand for bird feathers to decorate womens' hats. Five million birds each year were killed by poachers for the fashion industry.
In 1902, the Audubon Society hired Guy Bradley as the first game warden to protect the birds of the Everglades area. Bradley worked hard as a game warden, patrolling the enormous area of the Everglades and Key West in a small boat, and traveling far to inform people of the new anti-poaching laws. Many of the rookeries (nesting sites for birds and chicks) had been destroyed by poachers, and numerous birds were in danger of becoming extinct. In 1905, while trying to protect a rookery, Bradley was shot by a poacher, and left to die in his little boat.
In 1908, two other wardens, Columbus G. McLeod and Pressly Reeves, were also killed. None of the killers were convicted. The public was outraged by the murders, which led to the passage of federal and state laws protecting birds.
Bradley, McLeod and Reeves are true heroes, who gave their lives to save the endangered birds of the Everglades.