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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Nov 27, 2017

How do baboons make decisions? Why do storks like garbage dumps? What are sonic vibrations to a warbler, anyway? For thousands of years, answering questions like these meant tracking animals by following their footprints. Thanks to award-winning visual journalist and former National Geographic Senior Editor Oliver Uberti, things are no longer so rudimentary.

Uberti took our stage to share how the natural world is being revealed like never before with the help of satellites, drones, camera traps, and cellphone networks. His new book, Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics, offers gorgeously illustrated infographics that present a data-driven approach to understanding wildlife migration. CEO Melinda Holland of Wildlife Computers, a leading technological innovator for tagging and tracking animals in the wild, joined Uberti onstage to lend her expertise. Together they charted findings on how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world, and how we can better understand their behavior.

Recorded live at Greenwood Senior Center by Town Hall Seattle on Friday, November 10, 2017.