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Keynote Speaker

Bird Fest

Join us for the 2024 Bird Fest Keynote Address with Rebecca Heisman. This is a HYBRID event. You may join us in the Wenatchee River Institute's Red Barn or livestream virtually. Registration is required for this event.

Saturday, May 18th at 7:00pm-8:30pm. Doors at 6:30pm.
Tickets price: $20 for in-person, or $10 for virtual. 

Wild Stories from the History of Bird Migration Research

We've all heard amazing facts about bird migration—the long distances that birds travel, the ways that they navigate, etc. But did you ever wonder how we figured all of this out? While working for the American Ornithological Society, Rebecca Heisman became fascinated with the varied and creative techniques that scientists have used to study bird migration, and this eventually became the basis for her book Flight Paths: How a Passionate and Quirky Group of Pioneering Scientists Solved the Mystery of Bird Migration. In her talk, she'll share some surprising stories from the history of bird migration research and discuss why understanding migration is so crucial for bird conservation.

Rebecca Heisman is an award-winning science writer who lives in Walla Walla, Washington, and has worked with organizations including the Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Ornithological Society. Flight Paths is her first book. 

This event is supported by A Book For All Seasons. Heisman's book will be available for purchase at the event.

Registration for the Keynote, as well as field trips, is now open. Click here to register.