Rebecca Heisman is a freelance science writer based out of Walla Walla, Washington. She is the author of Flight Paths (March 2023, Harper Collins), about the history, science, and quirky personalities behind bird migration research.
Articles by Rebecca Heisman
Migrating Male Birds Race Ahead to Keep Up with Spring’s Early Arrival
January 26, 2023 — New research finds females are lagging behind males as they try and keep up with earlier springs driven by climate change.
How Merlin Bird ID Helped Me Discover the ‘Elevator Music of Birding’
August 25, 2022 — After the seemingly magical song identification app helped me discover the Warbling Vireo's song, I now hear it everywhere I go.
A Brief History of How Scientists Have Learned About Bird Migration
April 13, 2022 — Researchers today can follow birds' paths as they fly thousands of miles. But it wasn't always that way. Scroll through more than two centuries of advances in understanding this natural wonder.
In a Surprising Scientific Find, Enormous Crab Kills Booby on Camera
November 10, 2017 — A researcher studying coconut crabs in the Chagos Islands never expected to capture gruesome video evidence of one preying on a Red-footed Booby.
What's at Stake: Training a Generation of Scientists
September 21, 2017 — Ellen George has barely begun her scientific career studying a little—and a little-known—fish called the cisco. Proposed budget cuts to graduate funding and fisheries science threaten to cut it short.
Mallards Are Everywhere, and That’s Great for Wetlands
March 22, 2017 — Forget any misconceptions you might have about the Mallard. These ubiquitous ducks renew and create habitats just by going about their normal lives.