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Lightning Talks: Birds

Lightning Talks: Birds

Where Virtual streaming on YouTube

When May 19, 2022 at 6pm PST

Price Free!

Join us for this season's third installment in our virtual Lightning Talks series, this time focusing on birds. Speakers will have five minutes each to talk about the many unique diving and shorebirds living in our backyard and how they’re coping with the impact of climate change and pollution.

After the formal presentations, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions during our lively Q&A session. We look forward to “seeing” you there!

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Pre-registration for this event is now closed. You can still join us for Lighting Talks at 6pm Pacific using the link below. 

Speakers and Topics

Christy Sterling—Shedd Aquarium
Penguin field trips

At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, while the Shedd Aquarium was closed to guests, the animal care staff started bringing the penguins to new places, where they’d never been, throughout the aquarium. These field trips went viral on social media, and the penguins gained a lot of popularity! Learn how the field trips contributed to the penguins' overall welfare and well-being.

Jazzmine Waugh—University of Washington
Under the sea (of bird data)

Climate change and other human impacts on the environment are changing the world's seabird populations. Learn how we can use big baseline datasets to monitor and protect our seabirds.

Isadora Angarita-Martinez—Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Where the ocean meets the land: stories of shorebirds and shrimps on the Pacific Flyway

Important numbers of shorebirds migrate along the Pacific Flyway and depend on land-ocean exchange for their survival. In many places along this flyway, the natural ecotone environments between the ocean and land have been altered and replaced by shrimp farming—yet this industry is an opportunity not only for these birds but for the families that depend on it.

Lindsay Adrean—American Bird Conservancy
Meet the most mysterious seabird of the Pacific Northwest

Marbled murrelet project: the marbled murrelet is a cryptic seabird that inhabits both watery nearshore habitats AND mossy old-growth trees of coastal forests. It holds an endangered status in the Northwest due to multiple pressures, but there is one simple way for human visitors to nesting habitats to assist with recovery of the marbled murrelet.