Date: 4/17/17 4:04 pm
From: Mike Sefton (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Next Gen Ornithology at U-M is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wednesday, 19 April, 7:30pm, all invited
Birders and friends,

Please join us for the free Washtenaw Audubon program below. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm

21st Century Science with 19th Century Specimens: Next Generation Ornithology at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) houses over 200,000 specimens of birds, making it one of the most important ornithological research collections in the world. Many of the specimens were collected almost two centuries ago. Today, technological developments such as genome sequencing enable scientists to use these specimens to unlock secrets of the past as well as make predictions about the future of bird populations. Dr. Winger will discuss several exciting ongoing areas of research that draw insights from the UMMZ’s bird collections. He will also discuss how data from citizen science efforts, such as your contributions to eBird, interface powerfully with historical data from specimens to help us understand migratory birds’ past, present and future.

Ben Winger is Assistant Professor and Curator of Birds in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology. Ben hails from northeast Ohio, where he became enthralled with avian migration at an early age while birding along the south shore of Lake Erie. His interest in birds led to a career of scientific research, focused on topics such as the evolution of bird migration and the process of speciation (how new species form). His fieldwork has taken him throughout the Western Hemisphere, particularly the Andes of Peru and Ecuador. He has a B.A. from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor.

In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. For more information, go to

Hope to see you there.

Mike Sefton
Washtenaw Audubon

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