The Cornell Lab of Ornithology hosts online events on migration

Western sandpiper. Photo by Bob Betancourt

A river of migratory birds flows over us day and night across the country. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is holding its migration ceremony to take note of this remarkable natural phenomenon. This year, Migration celebration takes place virtually with two weeks of special online events, including articles, activities and live events. Cornell Lab’s migration specialists will be giving lectures online, and there are a variety of family-friendly activities to keep the whole family involved.

Live events schedule

The following webinars examine migration from every angle – from making migration predictions to capturing the magic in breathtaking documentation. All webinars are free of charge Please register to secure your place.

  1. Lights out to protect migratory birds
    Thursday, September 17th, 1 p.m.-1.30 p.m. east
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    Every spring and fall billions of birds migrate through the United States, mostly under cover of darkness. You are exposed to dangers from light pollution. Find out how artificial light affects migratory birds at night and learn how you can help with Lights Out project coordinator Julia Wang.

  2. Allocation of the migration with eBird
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 1 p.m.-1.30 p.m. east
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    Would you like to know when a certain bird species migrates through your area? Learn how to use the eBird Status and Trend Maps and how they are created with Cornell Lab’s GIS developer Tom Auer.

  3. Coastal Solutions: Building a Courageous New Community to Deal with the Shorebird Crisis
    Thursday, September 24th, 12: 00-13: 00 p.m. East
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    The decline in the shorebird population is the world’s largest 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 matter: Natural history filmmaking that makes a difference
    Friday, September 25th, 12: 00-1: 00 p.m. East
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    Join our Conservation Media team for a virtual screening and panel discussion on how to make a natural history film. The event includes a free family-friendly activity with tips from professionals on how to make your own natural history film at home!

  5. Migration madness: Celebrate migration together – family event!
    Celebrate with families across the country during this live event, where attendees learn about migration and participate in games and activities. The suggested age range is Class K – 5. Two sessions are offered; Please register for the morning or afternoon. Participation is limited.

    Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. East
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    Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. East
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To celebrate the bird migration and learn about the laboratory resources that can enhance your enjoyment of birds, visit the Cornell Lab for one or more of these live events.

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