Over the past two weeks, Pinola’s aviary director, Jacob Kraemer, visited many institutions and collections across Europe. Our colleagues across this wonderful continent are doing some amazing work and it’s always inspiring to visit and bring back ideas and practices to implement in our own day to day operations. Pictured here is his visit to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence. Max Planck Society is world renowned for their cutting edge research in life, natural, social, and human sciences, having won prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, and having many scientific publications in a number of fields under their umbrella. At the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence in Seewiesen, Germany, the focus is on the study of the evolutionary ability of animal organisms to deal with an ever-changing environment. One of their main focal points are the evolutionary behaviors of the ruff, the charismatic sandpiper well known for their incredible lekking, elaborate courtship, and nesting behaviors. Jacob met with Dr. Clemens Kuepper, the leading expert on ruff behavior for a wonderful tour of their center and the current research being carried out. It was a fascinating visit, ripe with knowledge and ideas. Visits like these are truly motivating and we thank Dr. Kuepper and the staff at MPI for their tiMe and knowledge!