Wild Stories from the History of Bird Migration Research

We’ve all heard amazing facts about bird migration—the long distances that birds travel, the
ways that they navigate, etc. But did you ever wonder how we figured all of this out? While
working for the American Ornithological Society, Rebecca Heisman became fascinated with the
varied and creative techniques that scientists have used to study bird migration, and this
eventually became the basis for her book Flight Paths: How a Passionate and Quirky Group of
Pioneering Scientists Solved the Mystery of Bird Migration. In her talk, she’ll share some
surprising stories from the history of bird migration research and discuss why understanding
migration is so crucial for bird conservation.

About Our Speaker

Rebecca Heisman is an award-winning science writer who lives in Walla Walla, Washington, and
has worked with organizations including the Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy,
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Ornithological Society. Flight Paths is her first

Date Thursday, April 18 @ 7pm

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