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Feathers in Flight Migration Event at Explorit

This article appeared in the May 13, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Feathers in Flight Migration Event at Explorit

Migration expert Marilyn Ramenofsky


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


International Migratory Bird month is well underway and birders all over North America are turning their binoculars to the skies and trees to catch a glimpse of avian glory. You can join in the fun on Saturday, May 14 at Explorit with our Feathers in Flight event, part of this year’s Community Science Project Feathers in Your World.


The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a lecture by migration expert and U.C. Davis professor Marilyn Ramenofsky. Dr. Ramenofsky will share her work on the ecological and environmental conditions that affect migratory birds, as well as take audience questions from 11:00-12:00.


Then from 12:00-4:00 enjoy a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family to learn more about the lives and adaptations of migratory birds. Build a bird feeder for your backyard out of recycled materials. Or take the binocular challenge to learn how to use this most important birding tool and test your skills.


Play the migration game where you can take on the role of a snow goose, short-eared owl or other migratory bird and “fly” the course to see if you can avoid many of the common obstacles migratory birds face to survive and reach your destination.


Our friends from the California Waterfowl Association will be on hand to demonstrate the use and features of wings. Discover the many features of birds and see how you measure up by comparing the spread of your arms to the wingspans of different birds. Count your “wing beats” and see how you stack up against a hummingbird.


This family festival is part of Explorit’s Community Science Project Feathers in Your World. Feathers in Your World is a project to engage the whole community in revealing “how versatile feathers are from the scientific to the aesthetic,” says Explorit’s new Community Science Project coordinator Kristina Motley. “Feathers can teach us a lot.”


Another component of the Community Science Project will be a feather-tracking endeavor using nature app iNaturalist. Community members will be asked to photograph feathers they find in the course of their daily lives: at the park, on a walk, in the grocery store parking lot, then upload these photos to iNaturalist where we can map the locations and times of different feather discoveries.


These are just a few ways you can begin to get involved with Feathers in Your World. There will be more events and projects coming throughout the year so be sure to visit regularly to stay updated!



Explorit’s coming events:


  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!
  • Explorit is now recruiting for our next Science Action Club on Bugs! Workshop dates: May 15, 22, 28 9:00-1:00. Contact Alfreda at Explorit for more information or to register: 530-756-0191 or
  • Summer Science Camp registration is open now! Visit for all the details.  Interested in volunteering at our Summer Science Camps?  Call Explorit now!
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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