Feathers in Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project

If we don’t know where migratory birds spend the winter or how they get there, how can we protect them? Biologist Mary Whitfield of the Southern Sierra Research Station has spent two decades studying one of North America’s rarest birds: the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. To help the flycatchers, Mary has joined a cutting-edge effort called the Bird Genoscape Project (BGP), conducting genome research on individual feathers to connect breeding and wintering populations of the same species and provide critical information to conservationists and managers.

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Filmmaker: Neil Losin

Running Time: 15 mins

Language: English

2021 ACFF OfficialSelection
Neil Losin

Neil Losin, Filmmaker

A biologist, photographer and filmmaker based in Miami, FL, Losin was named a National Geographic Young Explorer in 2009 while studying invasive lizards in FL and Puerto Rico. He received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and earned his Ph.D. in UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He’s an incorrigible birdwatcher and juggler. Neil cofounded Day’s Edge Productions with Nate Dappen in 2012.