MCAS Virtual Community Program - FEB 19 - Bird-tripping: Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk

[photos by Devon Bradley]
MCAS Virtual Community Program 

Date:   Monday, February 19, 2024, 7:00 pm

Topic:   Bird-tripping: Tales from the Road to Tuktoyaktuk

Presenter:   Devon Bradley, Ph.D.

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DescriptionIn the summer of 2022, Devon Bradley packed up her binoculars, camera, and pup to follow the birds north, all the way to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Devon carved a circuitous route to Alaska, first along the Cassiar Highway of British Columbia, to Yukon on the famed Alaska Highway, and up to the Arctic Circle via the Dempster Highway – a ribbon of a road that traverses two mountain ranges, extensive subarctic wilderness, and the breeding habitats of some incredible species of birds, on its way to the Mackenzie Delta and Tuktoyaktuk!


In this presentation, Devon will share highlights and anecdotes from this 2.5-month journey. We will learn about the migratory and resident birds of the boreal forest and arctic tundra, and some other charismatic wildlife are sure to make an appearance. Whether it's Whimbrel on the top of spruces or Long-tailed Jaegers causing traffic jams, you may even learn to see our familiar over-wintering birds in a new light. Devon will also present some of the logistics involved in planning a trip of this nature. So, if you’ve ever dreamt about hitting the road in pursuit of birds and want to learn more about “bird-tripping,” be sure to tune in!


BioDevon Bradley is an ecologist, naturalist, birder, photographer, traveler, and all-around-nature-enthusiast. After completing a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Brown University, Devon made her way to southern California for a post-doctoral research position at University of California, Irvine. For the past 12 years, Devon has been a Professor of Biology at Irvine Valley College. A plant ecologist by training, Devon enrolled in “Birds of Southern California” in an effort to become a more well-rounded field-course instructor and, let’s just say, things snowballed from there! At Irvine Valley College, Devon teaches various biology, natural history, and field ecology courses, oversees the college’s native garden and wildlife habitat, and advises the IVC Birding Club.


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