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What’s So Amazing About Birds?
Allison Schultz / Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Birds have fascinated humans throughout history – even today in the United States alone, over 45 million people are bird-watchers. But what makes these feathered friends so interesting – that is, what makes a bird a bird, and how have they adapted to some of the most diverse regions around the world? How do birds sense the environment around them and how do they navigate the globe? Join ornithologist and curator Dr. Allison Shultz to delve into the biology of the over 10,000 species of modern-day dinosaurs that surround us – birds.
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Allison Shultz, former MCZ graduate student, will be the new Curator of Birds at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles starting in September 2018. The collection has over 121,000 bird specimens from over 5,400 species, and specializes in North America, Africa, South America, and the Pacific Ocean. Allison studied avian population genetics and evolution in Scott Edward’s lab and received her PhD in 2017.
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