Tribute in Light Provides Laboratory for Bird Research

Tribute in Light Provides Laboratory for Bird Research

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.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff