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September 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Science on Tap: Back to the Night: The Case for Dark Skies

Join Bird Alliance of Oregon’s Mary Coolidge for a virtual Science on Tap presentation all about dark skies! Science on Tap is an event series based in Portland, OR, where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn.

For billions of years, night on this planet was lit only by the moon and stars, and life evolved under regular cycles of bright days and dark nights. All that has changed in the last 130 years, and night on Earth is now liberally colonized with artificial light. The overabundance of light at night has dire ecological consequences for plants, birds, fish, amphibians and other wildlife, as well as for human health, safety and culture.

At this Science on Tap, we will delve into the importance of darkness for nocturnal wildlife as well as for the billions of migrating birds that use starry night skies to navigate. We will explore some of the night’s wondrous mysteries, the world class dark skies that we have in southeastern Oregon, and the local and international effort to preserve dark skies in both cities and wild places.


Photo by Harun Mehmedinovic

Mary Coolidge is Bird Alliance of Oregon’s BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator, working with architects, planners, designers and residents to reduce hazards for birds in the urban environment while meeting other design, building performance and climate change objectives. Mary is dedicated to improving efforts to make urban environments more hospitable to wildlife and helping connect people to nature and place. Mary splits her time between Bird Alliance of Oregon and the California Condor breeding program.


September 3, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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