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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center helped organize the once-every-four-years, North American Ornithological Conference.

The conference took place in Washington, DC from August 16-20.

You can watch the opening day plenary below. Our director speaks at 9:00 and the Secretary of the Smithonian at 19:50. Astronaut Jessica Meir gives the keynote.

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