April 25: Finding the World’s Rarest Bird, Our Latest ‘Coal Mine Canary’

Presented by Nick Minor, University of Minnesota 

The Stresemann’s Bristlefront is one of the hardest-to-find birds in the world. So when a small team finally discovered a lone female last December, a flurry of media coverage spread the news around the world. Can this skulking, nondescript bird—whose population size may be just one individual—serve as the poster child Brazil’s Atlantic Forest so desperately needs? 

This is the story of finding the Stresemann’s Bristlefront, presented by Nick Minor, an early career biologist and science writer. A Chicago area native, he’s currently wrapping up a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. As part of his passion for science stories, he co-edits the “News & Notes” column in Birding Magazine, is a regular contributing writer to the National Audubon Society, and does a variety of science communication and multimedia storytelling work. 

Thursday, April 25

  • 7:00 pm: Socialize with coffee and cookies
  • 7:30 pm: A brief MRVAC business meeting followed by the featured speaker.

Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington. Take Hwy 494 to 34th Ave. Go south to American Blvd; turn left and go 2 blocks. Center will be on your right. Enter through the door at the middle of the building.

Public Transit: Accessible by METRO Blue line (Hiawatha light rail). The Visitor Center is a couple of blocks east of the American Boulevard stop.

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