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Media Advisory: Unraveling the Mystery of Avian Navigation
Released: 3/29/2011 3:00:00 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
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Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: (650) 329-4006

MENLO PARK, Calif. — How birds find their way over great distances during homing and migrational flights is the subject of the U.S. Geological Survey public lecture on Thursday, March 31st. After nearly half a century of intensive research, biologists are still unable to agree on how birds manage to navigate with such uncanny accuracy. 

Scientists have been asking – do they use their sense of smell, the Earth's magnetic field, or another means to find their way home? Research geophysicist Jon Hagstrum will describe new findings that indicate birds are using low-frequency acoustic signals radiated from the land surface to determine where they are relative to their journey’s destination.

Who: Jon Hagstrum, Research Geophysicist

What: USGS public lecture on avian navigation

Sneak preview interview with Hagstrum

When: Thursday, March 31, 2011
12:00 noon —Lecture preview for USGS employees and reporters
7:00 p.m. —Public lecture

Where: U.S. Geological Survey
Building 3 Auditorium, 2nd-floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California

Map and Directions: Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map

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