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A Bird in the Hand: A History of Counting Birds from Proverbs to Powerful Citizen Science
Start Date: 10/7/2016Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 10/7/2016End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description
David Craig, Professor of Biology, will speak about his recent research.

Why do we count birds? What do we learn about ourselves when we do? David Craig will give an expansive lecture on the history of counting birds starting with the famous 13th century Latin proverb up to the present day. The talk will include updates about Craig's bird migration research based on his work with colleagues at Cornell University and the Lab of Ornithology. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has built a set of powerful citizen science tools which will be introduced with special attention to eBird (

The talk will include a few lessons about how to scientists count birds in complex habitats like a forest or when thousands are flying by at high speed. The talk will also focus on the value in counting the same individual bird as often as possible and how new tracking technologies are allowing us to do so.

Any questions the audience has about the lives of birds will be welcome and an introduction to the lecture topics can found at TEDxSalem.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hatfield Library  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Hatfield Room
Contact Information:
Name: Doreen Simonsen
Phone: 503 375-5343
David Craig
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free Admission
Event Sponsor(s):
Faculty Colloquium
Other Details:
Students are welcome.

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