How birds go the distance #629

July 05, 2023

Birds carry out some of the most amazing feats of athleticism in the world. Hummingbirds cross the entire Gulf of Mexico, their tiny wings beating continuously for three days straight. A single bird will fly across the entire Pacific ocean in one go. What do we really know about bird migration, and how do we know it? This week we're talking with Rebecca Heisman about her new book: Flight Paths: How a Passionate and Quirky Group of Pioneering Scientists Solved the Mystery of Bird Migration.


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Rebecca Heisman

Rebecca Heisman is a freelance science writer and bird enthusiast based in eastern Washington state. A former outdoor education, she had done writing and communications work for organizations including the Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Ornithological Society. When she’s not writing or birding, she can often be found knitting, gardening, and chasing after her five-year-old son. Flight Paths is her first book.