Migration & Navigation Popular Articles

Drawing by Ted Lewin for `Night Journey',
an article in Ranger Rick Magazine
(September, 1983).


19. NZZ Folio Magazine, Aug. 2010. Schneider, Reto U. "Das Experiment: Den Sternen nach bis Afrika." (A detailed discussion of a series of experiments conducted by S. T. Emlen in the 1960's that demonstrated the developmental mechanism by which night-flying bird migrants learn to recognize and make navigational sense of star patterns in the night skly; in German).

18. Birder's World, (April 1998), p. 74. Greij, Eldon, "Those amazing birds: a star guide". (A brief review of Emlen's findings on how birds use star patterns in the night sky to find their way during their nocturnal migrations.)

17. Mercury Magazine, (November/December 1995) Vol. 24(6):28-31. Epp, George, "Things bright and creatures small". (Another review of Emlen's work on how birds use star patterns to find their way during their nocturnal migrations.)

16. Ranger Rick Magazine, (September 1983), Vol. 17(9):38-41. Nornick, Nancy, "Night journey". (The story of an indigo bunting and how it finds its way between Michigan and Guatemala; told at a children's level. Based on Professor Emlen's research on how birds find their way during their long migrations.) (Ranger Rick is a childrens magazine published by the National Wildlife Federation.).

15. The Smithsonian Magazine, (June 1979), pp. 52-61. Zimmerman, David R., "Probing mysteries of how birds can navigate the skies". (Reviews progress in bird orientation research, including Emlen's recent research using NASA tracking radars to follow the orientation decisions of birds that are experimentally released into the night sky.).

14. Newsweek Magazine, (October 15, 1979), pp. 11-116. Begley, Sharon, "The migration enigma".

13. The Conservationist, (January/February 1979), pp. 30-33. Bart, Connie K., "The mysterious genius of homing pigeons". (Discusses Emlen's work on orientation and navigation systems of birds.)

12. Time/Life Nature Science Annual, (1978), pp. 46-55. Wood, Peter, "How birds find their way". (Describes both the planetarium and the radar-tracking experiments of Dr. Emlen on migratory birds.)

11. National Geographic Magazine, (August 1978), Vol. 156(2):154-193. Fisher, Allen C., "Mysteries of bird migration". (A comprehensive pictorial article on bird migration incorporating Emlen's planetarium and radar studies of nocturnally migrating birds.)

10. Scientific American, (August 1975), Vol. 233:102-111.Emlen, S.T., "The stellar orientation system of a migratory bird". (Cover story describing the detailed mechanics of how indigo buntings use stars in the night sky to find their way during their nocturnal migrations.).

9. The New York Times, (August 20, 1972). "Bird flight cues studied by radar". (Article describing Emlen's experiments releasing bird migrants 3,000 feet above the ground and tracking their flight departure using NASA radars.)

8. Psychology Today, (1972), Vol. 5:52-56. Emlen, S.T., "Birds,". (Cover story detailing how nocturnally migrating indigo buntings use star patterns to find their way.).

7. Technology Review, (March-April 1972), pp. 56-57. "Birds as navigators". (Describes Emlen's experiments tracking free-flying migrating birds using NASA radars).

6. The New Scientist, (December 24, 1970), Vol. 24:541. "Can birds learn to spot the celestial pole?". (Describes Emlen's experiments in planetaria documenting bird's use of the rotating motion of the night sky to locate and use the North Star as an orientational cue.)

5. Sky and Telescope Magazine, (1969), Vol. 38:3-6. Emlen, S.T., "The celestial guidance system of a migratory bird". (A synopsis of Emlen's experiments on how indigo buntings use star patterns as orientational cues.)

4. Science Digest, (October 1969), pp. 43-44. "Birds migrate by the stars".

3. Time Magazine, (November 14, 1969), p. 94. "Beacon for buntings".

2. The New Scientist, (August 28, 1969), Vol. 23:414. "How buntings interpret the stars".

1. The London Times, (August 1, 1966). "Bird migration may rely on constellations".