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Lecture Series: A New Kind of Footprint: Tracking Animals with

The Explorers Club
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For thousands of years, tracking animals has meant following their physical traces—footprints, scat, fallen feathers. This lecture is about a new era, one in which the traces we follow are imprinted not in the earth but in the silicon of computer chips.

Former National Geographic senior design editor Oliver Uberti reveals how he and geographer James Cheshire worked with scientists from around the world to turn billions of data points from individual animal journeys into a pioneering book of maps.

Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, seals, and elephants navigate the world. Edward O. Wilson called the book “beautiful and thrilling” while Scientific American hailed it as a “stunning translation of movement onto paper.” Anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall said, “there is no doubt Where the Animals Go will help in our fight to save wildlife and wild habitats.”

The award-winning maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior such as how warblers seem to detect incoming storms, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons through the Everglades, albatrosses circling Antarctica, and sharks stalking sea turtles up and down the East Coast.

This new, data-driven footprint brings intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom—not only how animals behave but also how we can aid their survival.

Ticket price includes admission, reception, drinks + hors d'oeuvres, and Q&A to follow the presentation.