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Virtual Migration Celebration 2020

September 14 - September 26


Each fall, the Cornell Lab Visitor Center hosts a one-day event called Migration Celebration when we open our doors to the community. This year, join us online from September 14–26 for two weeks of virtual celebration including articles, activities, and a schedule of live events. We’ll host short online talks with our migration specialists and feature family-friendly games so that even our youngest birders can join the fun.

Join us for the following webinars to explore migration from every angle—from making migration forecasts to capturing the magic in stunning documentaries. All webinars are free, but please register to secure your place. If you can’t make a live event, no worries! With the exception of Migration Madness, the events will be recorded. Check back frequently to view the recorded talks.

Lights Out to Protect Migratory Birds

Thursday, 9/17, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern
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Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate through the U.S., mostly under the cover of darkness. This mass movement of birds must contend with a pervasive but largely unrecognized threat: light pollution. Find out how artificial light endangers migratory birds and learn how you can help with Lights Out Project Coordinator Julia Wang.

Mapping Migration with eBird

Tuesday, 9/22, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern
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Want to know when a particular bird species will be migrating through your area? Learn how to use the eBird Status and Trends maps to see how more than 600 North American species move across the Western Hemisphere. Learn how the maps were created, and how to glean great info from them, with Cornell Lab of Ornithology GIS Developer Tom Auer.

Coastal Solutions: Building a Bold New Community to Address the Shorebird Crisis

Thursday, 9/24, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
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Each year, millions of shorebirds undertake epic migrations to and from the Arctic and Latin America, but as human development expands, coastal habitats are vanishing. Shorebird population declines represent the world’s number one conservation crisis facing birds today. Our Coastal Solutions Fellows Program brings together early-career professionals in Latin America to craft solutions for ecosystem management and coastal development. Program Director Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta will moderate this discussion with three Fellows located along the Pacific Americas Flyway in Guatemala, Colombia, and Chile.

Media that Matters: Natural History Filmmaking that Makes a Difference

Friday, 9/25, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
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Our Conservation Media team partners with local communities and organizations around the world to create compelling science-based media about pressing conservation issues. Join us for a virtual film screening and panel discussion on what goes into making a natural history film. Event will include a link to a free family-friendly activity with tips from professionals on how to create your own natural history film at home!

Migration Madness: Celebrating Migration Together—Family Event!

Saturday, 9/26
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Register for Morning Session
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Register for Afternoon Session
It’s a migration party! Celebrate migration with families across the country in this live event with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Education and Visitor Center teams. We will be learning about migration and playing interactive games that are sure to be a hit for the whole family. Don’t miss out on the fun! Suggested age range is grades K–5. Registration is limited, sign up now. Please only register for one session.


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