Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: An Evening with Scott Edwards - Bicycling and Birding Across America

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with evolutionary biologist and Harvard ornithology professor Scott Edwards in conversation with Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson, aired September 15, 2020. It was part of the An Evening With series. Watch a recording in the player above.

Description

As an evolutionary biologist, Harvard ornithology professor Scott Edwards usually spends summers conducting fieldwork in places like Australia and Mongolia. When COVID-19 made international travel impossible, Edwards decided to undertake a lifelong dream and cycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. 

In the course of a cross-country bicycle ride that took 76 days, spanned 15 states, and covered 3,800 miles—Edwards shared his observations online, inspiring bird lovers, naturalists and cyclists across the nation. Having spent a career helping to increase student diversity in STEM, he also used his trek to showcase people of color enjoying birdwatching and the natural world.  

Watch as Edwards, in conversation with Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson, shares his adventures and the importance of studying and cultivating connections with people and nature.

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Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
9-12
Topics
Life Science