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March HBC meeting – Godwits Gone Global: shorebird migration and climate change, with Nathan Senner

March 21, 2023

7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church



Shorebirds are the champions of migration: their flights span hemispheres and defy our preconceived notions about what is possible. Hudsonian Godwits are emblematic of this strategy and migrate from the southern tip of South America to breed in Alaska and Canada. This talk will highlight how godwits are altering their migrations and responding to global climate change, as well as what we can do to help them along the way.



Dr. Nathan Senner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Following his undergraduate studies at Carleton College, he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to follow Hudsonian Godwits on their epic migrations. He then received his PhD from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. Now, his research group  continues to follow godwits, but has also branched out to study long-distance migratory shorebirds wherever they occur.


Photo by Shawn Billerman

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