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Migration Mysteries

January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 28, 2021

bird migration

This series of four classes dives into the secrets of bird migration like never before! After an introduction to migration basics, we will cover the cutting-edge research and little-known facts related to migration that make this field of study so intriguing. Learn the fascinating secrets behind birds’ navigation abilities, physiology, and sensory systems that make them some of the most astounding migrating creatures in the animal kingdom.

This series was first offered as a university-level course through the Boise State OSHER Institute. We recommend this class for adults, and students ages 13 and up.

Attendee reviews:

I learned so much and I have been a birder for over 50 years!

Fantastic & fascinating class.

This was a very interesting and well-presented course. I would take it again!

Heidi had the rapt attention of the whole room for both sessions


$15 per student per week.


Four sessions (approx. 70 minutes plus Q and A time), offered each Wednesday evening in January. Choose one, or attend all 4!

  • Week 1: Migration Overview: What is migration? What isn’t it?
  • Week 2: The patterns and seasonality of migration, and their variation across the globe
  • Week 3: Behavior and Physiology: What drives migration?
  • Week 4: Migration Research: from history to modern times


Heidi Ware Carlisle is the Education and Outreach Director for the Intermountain Bird Observatory at Boise State. She graduated from Boise State University in 2014 with a Master’s Degree in Biology, where she studied the impacts of traffic noise on migrating songbirds. Heidi’s work with IBO focuses on integrating hands-on science with various Intermountain Bird Observatory research projects.

**Remote Attendance:

This class will be streamed via Zoom!

Both LIVE and recorded video will be available. More details will be sent to registrants before the first class session. Recorded classes will be available to view online for one month.

Note: sessions will only be held if more than 15 people register for this class.

Click here to register.