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If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

143 Species in 4 Days (or something like that)

Michelle Goodin

Neighbor Impact / Head Start


Currently working as a teacher for Head Start. BS in Biology and Masters in Science Education - currently using neither. Grew up in the Bend area, left for 15 + years and recently moved back with my spouse and son. Skater for the Lava City Roller Dolls for the last 3 years. Avid bird watcher and fly fisher woman. Love to speak in public. :)

A humorous recount of my whirlwind college birdwatching trips ( 143 species in 4 days ) out near the Steens Mountain, my addiction to taking classes ending in "ology" and how it resulted in me becoming a walking vessel of useless trivia. Presentation would start with a history of my "ology" addiction, the professor at PSU who inspired me to become the person I am today ( he passed away years ago but is still a legend in the Oregon scientific community & the most humble man I have ever known ). Would lead into the strange world of birders, the "inside" humor of ornithologists and why we love birds so damn much. Presentation would then continue to discuss the Steens Mountain and the utter chaos that ensues when 30 people try to document 143 species of birds in 4 days.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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