Tribute in Light Provides Laboratory for Bird Research

The twin beams of light from the Tribute in Light rise high above lower Manhattan and towards the night sky in this image taken near the base of the lights.
Tribute in Light. Photo by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial.

Tribute in Light illuminated the New York City skyline this week, honoring the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for the 16th year in a meaningful symbol of rebirth and resilience.

The twin beams of light are also a beacon for migrating birds. This year, a handful of recreational bird watchers and researchers affiliated with the Cornell Ornithology Lab were on site to study the hundreds of thousands of birds making their seasonal migrations through the area.

WNYC’s The Takeaway spoke with the bird watchers and explored how researchers are using Tribute in Light to understand how birds adapt to changes in the environment.

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9/11 Memorial Museum Establishes New Weekly Gallery Talk

A woman with a backpack walks through the exhibition “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11.” Dozens of small artworks are displayed on the wall in front of her.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum has launched a new weekly gallery talk series, which will highlight selected artworks from the exhibition “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11.” The program will run every Thursday through fall 2017.

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In Memoriam: Thomas Pecorelli’s Emmy

Thomas Pecorelli smiles while holding his camera at the 72nnd annual Academy Awards. An image to the right shows an honorary, gold-colored Emmy Award that was awarded to Pocerelli posthumously displayed on a gray surface at the Museum.

Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli was only 12 years old when he landed his first job as a cameraman. As an apprentice for his local television station in Newburyport, Mass., he captured town events like city council meetings on video.

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