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A World on the Wing: The Wonder of Avian Migration

Evening Program on Zoom

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1A0145
$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member
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Shorebirds above the steel-plate mud of Dongling, north of Shanghai (Photo: Scott Weidensaul)


In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. Did you know that thrushes avoid dehydration and extend their flight range by more than 2,000 miles by "drinking" from their own muscles and organs? Or that birds very likely orient themselves using Earth's magnetic field? Naturalist Scott Weidensaul discusses the latest revelations in migration science, and introduces researchers, scientists, and bird lovers trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges.

Weidensaul is joined in conversation by Jennifer Ackerman, New York Times best-selling author of The Bird Way, as they explore the science and sheer wonder of global bird migration.

Weidensaul’s book A World on the Wing (WW Norton & Company) is available for purchase.


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