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Science North
Sudbury, ON
July 12, 2023

Patterns & Parallels
The Great Imperative to Survive

Hugh Kruzel
The Sudbury Star
Nov 13, 2023

Astronaut’s photo exhibit captures birds and their struggle to survive

Dr. Roberta Bondar poses in her photo exhibit, “Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative”, at Science North 23-11-10. Heidi Ulrichsen/Sudbury .com

Dr. Roberta Bondar addressed a packed house in the IMAX Theatre at Science North last week. The exhibit, Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive, features ground-breaking new perspectives on at-risk birds. Says Kruzel, “The title really gives a keenness to the imperative to understanding how humankind’s actions are affecting nesting areas, migration routes and overwintering zones.”

“We need to pay attention to these fragile organisms and their fragile environments,” said Bondar. “We think that doing our surveys at three different levels is important … first at carpet level – as if with a magnifying glass – then aerial … and then we get into space and see the whole corridors, and patterns we didn’t even know existed.”

Kruzel’s article describes several features of the exhibition and contains more commentary by Dr. Bondar as well as reactions from many in her audience.

Ian Campbell
NorthernOntarioCTVnews .ca
Nov 10, 2023

Astronaut Roberta Bondar speaks at Science North

Videojournalist Ian Campbell reports from Science North as Dr Roberta Bondar opens her exhibit Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive. Campbell captures some of the highlights of this visual report on three avian species, the result of a 10-year study of Avian Migration and its dangers from Bondar’s cameras from land, from the air, and from NASA colleagues.

On view between the facts, are Dr Bondar’s humour and deep caring about our planetary species.

Heidi Ulrichsen
Sudbury .com
Nov 10, 2023

Astronaut now hangs out of helicopters for bird photography

Dr. Roberta Bondar, best known for her 1992 space flight, has opened a free Science North exhibit of her photos of migratory birds

Pursuing threads of art and education, Ulrichsen captures their weave in some of the details required to create the photographs Dr Bondar has included in her new Exhibit Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative.

SooToday .com
Science North Release
Nov 10, 2023

Patterns & Parallels opens at Science North

A release from Sudbury’s Science North features Dr. Roberta Bondar’s newest exhibit, Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive, opened this morning at Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and educational resource.

Pictured left to right: Sarah Chisnell, acting director, Education and Northern Programs – Science North; Bonnie M. Patterson, chair, Board of Directors – The Roberta Bondar Foundation; Dr. Roberta L Bondar C.C. O.Ont. M.D. Ph.D. FRCP FRSC FRCGS; Amy Henson, ‪senior scientist, Science Centre Operations; Franco Mariotti, Science North Bluecoat EmeritusImage supplied by Science North‬
Sudbury, ON
Nov 1, 2023

Astronaut Roberta Bondar visiting Science North on Nov. 10

Dr. Bondar will visit Science North in Sudbury on November 10th, 2023 for a ticketed event featuring a presentation and Q&A, and a screening of the new IMAX documentary, “Deep Sky.”

The full article discusses more details about the event

Sudbury Star’s report: Roberta Bondar to deliver talk, unveil photo exhibition at Science North on Nov. 10

Art Gallery of Algoma
Sault Ste Marie, ON
Oct 16, 2023

Patterns & Parallels: Avian Migration, from Invisible to Visible


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Art Gallery of Algoma
July 12, 2023

Patterns & Parallels
The Great Imperative to Survive

Sootoday .com
Sault Ste Marie, ON
Oct 14, 2023

Roberta Bondar Returns for Art Gallery Lecture Oct 18

woman holds microphone while speaking

The Art Gallery of Algoma’s next speaker in its Fall Series of public lectures is Dr. Roberta Bondar.

Bondar will speak about Patterns & Parallels: Avian Migration, from Invisible to Visible.


Soo Today feature: Roberta Bondar back for art gallery lecture next week

Brian Kelly’s announcement: Roberta Bondar speaks Wednesday

Alex Flood
SooToday .com
July 13, 2023

Bondar unveils powerful photo exhibition at hometown gallery

At the Art Gallery of Algoma, Executive Director/Chief Curator Jasmina Jovanovic and Photographer/Scientist/Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar share a laugh with audience at launch of Bondar’s Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive

More than ten years of international bird migratory research and photography were unveiled at the Art Gallery of Algoma Wednesday as the Sault native presented the opening of her exhibition Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive.

Flood captures some of the attendee excitement and the photographic scope of Dr. Bondar’s exhibition from her project AMASS [Avian Migration Aerial, Surface, Space] or ‘Space for Birds’ while noting the number of continents and different avian species her project involves.

Flood includes attendee comments and over a dozen photos from the event.

Brian Kelly
THE SAULT STAR/Postmedia Network
July 13, 2023

Humans can ‘learn a lot’ from nature: BONDAR

Kelly notes the “dicey prospects” that disappearing species face in their own habitats.

“Habitat for us is very important – our houses, our communities,” says Dr. Bondar. “For birds, it’s the same kind of thing, only they don’t need technology to live, but they actually need technology to survive and we have that technology to help them.”

Ten years in development, Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive runs until Oct. 15 at Art Gallery of Algoma.

Kelly’s full feature: Humans can ‘learn a lot’ from nature

Cory Nordstrom
CTVNorthernOntario .ca
July 13, 2023

Dr. Roberta Bondar in the Sault to unveil new photo exhibit

Dr. Roberta Bondar speaks with CTV’s Corey Nordstrom at the launch of Patterns & Parallels; The Great Imperative to Survive at the Art Gallery of Algoma.

Nordstrom reports Dr. Roberta Bondar’s introduction of Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive to a packed gallery space at the Art Gallery of Algoma on Wednesday evening before its public opening. Bondar’s 6th exhibit features Whooping Cranes, Lesser Flamingos, and Piping Plovers to represent migratory birds at serious risk from increasingly intense storms, water demands of humans, and loss of habitats needed during migration.

Exhibition features images from Bondar’s years of recording migratory patterns through the East Rift of Africa and the parallel patterns of migratory flyways from Northwest Territories to Texas. The installation includes Dr. Bondar’s images from land and from aerial perspectives. As the principal investigator of her migratory bird project with NASA, Dr. Bondar also includes photographs from space orbit of the birds’ lands and routes from NASA’s film library.

Nordstrom includes comments & takeaways from several attendees.

Brian Kelly
THE SAULT STAR/Postmedia Network
July 12, 2023

Bondar gets airborne for new exhibit

Kelly presents a gallery of photos of the VIP launch of Dr. Roberta Bondar’s new exhibition: Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive at the Art Gallery of Algoma. The installation can be viewed at East Street Gallery until mid-October.

Brian Kelly’s notes and photos


Our new Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience [TELE] will debut for the public at the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie on July 13th, 2023!

Valerie Pringle; Canada Files
PBS/WNED-TV Buffalo and Toronto
April 16, 2023

Canada Files

Valerie’s guest for this evening is Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female Canadian astronaut in space and the world’s first neurologist. Now, an internationally-renowned nature photographer, Dr. Bondar conducts her ‘Space For Birds’ project advocating for the environment in partnerships with NASA , CSA, international parks, and bird refuge services.

Dr. Roberta Bondar with Canada Files host, Valerie Pringle.

English Broadcast Duration: 0:27:5

Alex Flood
SooToday .com
April 10, 2023

Dr. Roberta Bondar’s passion for flight and nature continues to soar

Flood outlines Dr. Bondar’s lengthy research project Space For Birds. As it nears completion, Dr. Bondar continues to coordinate the tracking of seven unique avian species plus their pathways from the ground, the air, and from space.

Dr. Roberta Bondar takes aerial shots of endangered Whooping Cranes from a helicopter flight over Wood Buffalo National Park.

Later this year, Dr. Bondar will present a photographic exhibition of her years’ long work at the Art Gallery of Algoma.

Coming soon ~ to a gallery near you!