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Avian migration is one of the most beautiful events on earth. From the clamorous departure of Geese flying north overhead to the cautious arrival of Songbirds in spring, these ancient feats of orientation, navigation, and critical fuel management are all around us. In this recorded webinar, Matthew Dodder, Executive Director of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, explains how this behavior evolved, how it works, and why it may be at risk.

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  • Living on the Wind—Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, Scott Weidensaul
  • How Birds Migrate (2nd Edition), Paul Kerlinger
  • A World on the Wing—The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, Scott Weidensaul
  • The Sibley Guide to Birds (2nd Edition), David Allen Sibley
  • Field Guide to the Birds of North America (7th Edition), Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Handbook of Bird Biology (3rd Edition), Irby J. Lovette and John W. Fitzpatrick
  • Ornithology (4th Edition), Frank B. Gill and Richard O. Prum
  • Winged Migration (2001)
  • March of the Penguins (2005)


Matthew Dodder is the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. He began his lifelong study of birds in 1977 as a boy in Boston. He has traveled widely in search of exotic species such as the Southern Cassowary, the Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo and the Resplendent Quetzal. He enjoys birding everywhere, especially in California where our coast, mountains, deserts, and grasslands offer a spectacular variety of birds including some found nowhere else in the world. Matthew’s passions also include drawing, design, and cooking. Before taking his current position at Audubon, he taught birding at the Palo Alto Adult School for more than 20 years where he learned first hand how much joy the study of birds can awaken in students.

For questions regarding registration for the webinar, please email: [email protected]. Thank you!