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AMASS – Space for Birds

The AMASS research project, also known as “Space for Birds”, examines the migratory pathways of several threatened and endangered avian species, integrating art in photography to stimulate a connection to the natural world, with science to stimulate curiosity. Photographs from the surface, from the air (aerial), and the ultimate wide view, from space, work together in a layered perspective to emphasize the global scale of the birds’ movements and highlight the importance of protecting their habitats.

Dr. Roberta Bondar

Dr. Roberta Bondar is unique, not just for being the world’s first neurologist in space or for pioneering space medicine research. Academically one of the most distinguished astronauts to have flown in space, Dr. Bondar is also the only astronaut to use fine art photography to explore and reveal Earth’s natural environment from the surface. AMASS is inspired by the natural phenomena of avian migration coupled with Dr. Bondar’s lifelong passion for flight and her view of Earth.

The Roberta Bondar Foundation

The AMASS project is designed and implemented by The Roberta Bondar Foundation whose mission is to explore the relationship between life and the planet, through the fusion of art and science. The Foundation encourages individuals and community members to engage in the natural environment through programs that build a culture of curiosity, creativity, conservation and critical thinking.