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Mar 17, 2020

Celebrate the magnificence of waterbird migration along the Pacific Flyway—the 10,000-mile migratory corridor from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego. Join the authors of the book Pacific Flyway, along with wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn, and discover the vast network of saltwater and freshwater habitats linked by millions of waterbirds who migrate between their breeding and overwintering grounds. Through stunning photography, migration sounds, and amazing video footage, explore the extraordinary stories of these remarkable birds that convert food, air, and water into a mileage plan that has few equals in the animal world.

Delve into the daunting array of survival challenges these birds face—widespread habitat loss and degradation resulting from global climate change and unparalleled human disturbance—and learn about research and conservation efforts by biologists, wildlife photographers, and citizen activists striving to combat these conditions. Traverse the Pacific Flyway and engage with the lives of waterbirds that exemplify the connectedness, complexity, and wonder of the natural world.

Audrey DeLella Benedict is a biologist, writer, and naturalist. She is the founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a nonprofit natural history education and conservation publishing program now in its 40th year.

Dr. Robert Butler is an ornithologist, author, filmmaker, artist, and adjunct professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. He has watched, listened to, and lived among birds for 40 years in a variety of environments.

Dr. Geoffrey Hammerson retired after 32 years as a research zoologist for The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe. He has taught university courses focusing on bird biology for 40 years.

Gerrit Vyn is a wildlife and conservation photographer and cinematographer best known for his work documenting endangered birds and covering conservation stories around the world for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is a Senior Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Forum on February 19, 2020.