Date: 4/19/17 9:54 am
From: Mike Sefton (via birders Mailing List) <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Tonight: Next Gen Ornithology is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wednesday, 19 April, 7:30pm, all invited
Birdersand friends,


Pleasejoin us tonight for the free Washtenaw Audubon program below. You do not have to be amember to attend.

Wednesday,April 19, 7:30pm

21stCentury Science with 19th Century Specimens: Next Generation Ornithology at theUniversity of Michigan Museum of Zoology


TheUniversity of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) houses over 200,000 specimensof birds, making it one of the most important ornithological researchcollections in the world. Many of the specimens were collected almost twocenturies ago. Today, technological developments such as genome sequencingenable scientists to use these specimens to unlock secrets of the past as wellas make predictions about the future of bird populations. Dr. Winger willdiscuss several exciting ongoing areas of research that draw insights from theUMMZ’s bird collections. He will also discuss how data from citizen scienceefforts, such as your contributions to eBird, interface powerfully withhistorical data from specimens to help us understand migratory birds’ past,present and future.


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

Thisprogram is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though wewould welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educationalactivities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei BotanicalGardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor.


Inaddition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and fieldtrips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. For more information, goto

Hopeto see you there.




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