Gates Open at 2:30 for an opportunity to explore the garden and see the FLOCK exhibition.
Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration
Since the dawn of human imagination, we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in which even the smallest species traverse immensities of space the way we cross the street. New research continually expands our understand of where birds travel, and their migratory feats. But while the populations of many migratory birds are in drastic decline, there are many things we can do to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve them, from what we plant in our gardens to what we pour into our morning mug of coffee.
Video of Scott Weidensaul banding an Allen’s Hummingbird. Courtesy of National Audubon Society. At Home in Pennsylvania covers the historic banding of a (California) Allen’s Hummingbird in suburban Philadelphia in November 2012. This is just the fourth record of this species appearing in Pennsylvania. A few days after this video was shot, the bird continued its migration.
Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America, and The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America. His newest book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, will be published in autumn 2015. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.