Join BirdNote for this special virtual event on Wednesday, October 27, from 7:00 - 8:15pm ET (4:00 - 5:15 PM PT)
New technologies are allowing scientists to explore bird migration in greater detail than ever before, solving some long-standing questions and leading to new ones. Learning what it takes for birds to migrate successfully is helping reveal the habitats they depend on and the ways we can make our cities safer for birds.
Join host Ariana Remmel and panelists Scott Weidensaul (author, A World on the Wing), Marcela Castellino (Flyway Conservation Specialist, Manomet), and Julia Wang (BirdCast Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology) in a panel discussion that delves into the big mysteries of migration, answers your questions about how birds travel thousands of miles every year, and discusses how we can all support migratory birds. Click the button below to RSVP!
Celebrate the wonders of bird migration with the special Migrations series of the BirdNote Daily. These stories touch on some of the most mind-boggling and awe-inspiring aspects of the epic biannual journeys that some birds take, and how we humans can help them along the way. Click the button below to listen in!
Learn more about who's involved in "Unraveling the Mysteries of Migration":
Host: Ariana Remmel
Ariana Remmel is a chemist turned journalist who is passionate about exploring the world through the lens of science and discovery. When they aren’t digging into the latest research on molecules and microbes, Ariana is outside looking for lifer birds near their home in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ariana loves telling stories that help people make sense of the world and feel inspired by the wonders of science.
Panelist: Scott Weidensaul
Ornithologist and author
Ornithologist and author Scott Weidensaul celebrates the natural world—particularly birds and bird migration—in his research, his writing and his public speaking. Weidensaul spearheads a number of major research projects focusing on bird migration. He has written more than 30 books on natural history, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct; Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians; Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding; The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America; and the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls.
Panelist: Marcela Castellino
Flyway conservation specialist, Manomet/WHSRN
Marcela Castellino lives in Miramar, a small town in the province of Córdoba, Argentina, on the shore of Mar Chiquita Lake — one of the largest saline lakes in the world and one of the most important sites for shorebirds in the Southern Cone of South America. For 10 years, she has dedicated herself to the research and conservation of shorebirds, particularly Wilson's Phalaropes, studying aspects of their ecology and distribution in their non-breeding areas of South America. In 2019, she joined the WHSRN executive office team as a flyways conservation specialist, focused on the conservation of inland saline lakes and their shorebirds. As part of her role, she promotes the process of declaring Mar Chiquita a national park and supports shorebird monitoring studies in this huge saline wetland — in which phalaropes are the stars, with more than half a million individuals each austral summer. She has a degree in biology from the National University of Córdoba.
Panelist: Julia Wang
BirdCast Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Julia Wang designs and runs “Lights Out” campaigns that are informed by current migration forecasts, with the aim to encourage all levels of society — from the individual to government — to adopt this conservation practice. Her goal is to translate the Lab’s research into on-the-ground action that saves the lives of birds!
Sandhill Cranes © Lorie Shaull CC