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Cornell Lab of Ornithology hosts online events about migration

Western Sandpipers. Photo by Bob Betancourt

Day and night, across the country right now, a river of migrating birds is flowing overhead. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology holds its Migration Celebration to take note of this remarkable natural phenomenon. This year, Migration Celebration is taking place virtually with two weeks of special online events, including articles, activities, and live events. Cornell Lab migration specialists will give online talks, and there are a variety of family-friendly activities so the whole family can get involved.

Live Events Schedule

The following webinars 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.

  1. Lights Out to Protect Migratory Birds
    Thursday, September 17, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern
    Register to attend
    Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate through the U.S., mostly under the cover of darkness. They face dangers caused by light pollution. Find out how artificial light at night impacts migratory birds and learn how you can help with Lights Out Project Coordinator Julia Wang.

  2. Mapping Migration with eBird
    Tuesday, September 22, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern
    Register to attend
    Want to know when a particular bird species will be migrating through your area? Learn how to use the eBird Status and Trends maps and see how they are created with Cornell Lab GIS Developer Tom Auer.

  3. Coastal Solutions: Building a Bold New Community to Address the Shorebird Crisis
    Thursday, September 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern
    Register to attend
    Shorebird population declines represent the world’s number one bird conservation crisis. Program Director Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta will moderate this discussion with three Coastal Solutions Fellows doing their work along the Pacific Americas Flyway in Guatemala, Colombia, and Chile. 

  4. Media that Matters: Natural History Filmmaking that Makes a Difference
    Friday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern
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    Join our Conservation Media team for a virtual screening and panel discussion on what goes into making a natural history film. Event will include a free family-friendly activity with tips from professionals on how to create your own natural history film at home!

  5. Migration Madness: Celebrating Migration Together—Family Event!
    Celebrate with families across the country during this live event where participants will learn about migration and participate in games and activities. Suggested age range is grades K–5. Two sessions are offered; please sign up for the morning or afternoon. Attendance is limited.


    Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern
    Register to attend

    Saturday, September 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern
    Register to attend

Join the Cornell Lab for one or more of these live events to celebrate bird migration and learn more about the Lab resources that can deepen your enjoyment of birds.

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