Which Way Did They Go: The Wonders of Bird Migration

When: Wed, June 10, 2020
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

General Admission: $13
Student / Senior (65+): $7
VIP** (guaranteed seating): $20
Supporter**: $30

General Admission: $15
Student / Senior (65+): $10

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Have you ever wondered where your backyard birds go every autumn? Or how they are able to fly so far? And just what makes it possible for birds to navigate back to your yard each spring, when we struggle to find where we left our car in the parking lot? Scientists have been asking these questions and more for centuries, since John James Audubon first put a wire on an Eastern Phoebe’s leg in 1804. At this Science on Tap hear from Dr. Nicole Michel about bird migration: where do birds go, how do they navigate, and why don’t they just stay put? Follow the adventures of individual birds as they travel between breeding and wintering locations, and face threats along the way. Discover how advanced technology – machine learning, space stations, and more – lets us delve deeper into the wonders of bird migration. You’ll leave with ideas for what you can do to help protect the birds we love.

Dr. Nicole Michel is a Senior Quantitative Ecologist with the National Audubon Society’s Science Division. She has studied bird populations and their responses to climate change, land use change, pesticides, and other threats for over 20 years. After chasing birds through montane meadows, tropical jungle, and everything in between, she now uses machine learning and other statistical methods to inform bird conservation. She has published over 30 scientific papers and book chapters, and is an Elective Member of the American Ornithological Society and active participant in multiple collaborative regional and global bird conservation efforts. She lives in Portland with her two indoor cats and their catio.

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*A note on advance ticket sales: There is an additional fee for purchase, but this ticket guarantees a seat at the event start time of 7:00pm. In the event of a sold-out show, tickets not redeemed by 7:10pm may be released. Advance ticket sales end at 12:00am the night before the show.

**A note on ticket levels: VIP tickets guarantee front center seating that stays available through entire show — meaning you can arrive late and your seat will be waiting for you. Supporter tickets get VIP benefits (guaranteed seating) plus a voluntary upcharge to help support ASL interpretation services and other event production expenses.