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Dead Birds (...for Science!)

icon date2  Wednesday, March 15, 2017
icon timer  07:30pm
icon map marker Matthaei Botanical Gardens

In order to save birds, we need to save their habitats. But birds have wings, can't read maps, and don't stay where they're safe. So how can we create a more bird friendly world beyond parks and refuges? We need to know HOW they die. What kills birds tells us where we can make changes to prevent bird deaths in the future. Join Heidi in exploring the preventable causes of avian mortality that put so much pressure on the birds we know and love, and learn about how valuable dead birds are to science.

This talk primarily focuses on window collisions, window collision prevention, and uncomfortable topics such as wind farms, cats, and where birds go when they die. There is no viewer advisory for the images in this presentation: it is suitable for all audiences.

Heidi Trudell is a relentless advocate for birds. Her passion for preserving incidentally dead birds began in 2003, and her freezer list since then has spanned three states and over 130 species. Heidi has been a librarian, zookeeper, rehabber, bird guide, and nature blogger in Texas ( She tends the Facebook groups “Dead Birds (for Science!)” and “The Auk-ward”. Heidi serves as a coordinator as well as monitor with Washtenaw Safe Passage, and is Chair of the Great Lakes Safe Passage Committee for Detroit Audubon. She currently works at an automotive tech startup in Ypsilanti.

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.

WAS monthly events usually are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Free and open to the public. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.