2020 Gala Guest Speaker, Scott Weidensaul

Owl Expert to Speak at 2020 Wildlife Gala

Scott Weidensaul, acclaimed writer, lecturer and field researcher on topics of ornithology and natural history, will be the guest speaker at the third annual Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala held at the Nittany Lion Inn on Friday, April 3, 2020. Well known for his research on owls, hummingbirds and songbirds, Weidensaul has authored over two dozen books including “Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds,” which earned him the distinction of Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000.

Weidensaul’s research focuses primarily on bird migration. He directs the Northern Saw-whet Owl project that tracks the paths of the small, reclusive owl native to North America. Along with several colleagues, he established Project SNOWstorm which uses state-of-the-art tracking technology to understand the sudden increase in the number of snowy owls into southern Canada and the U.S.

Weidensaul is a founder of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, PA, and has served as its research director since 1998. He is Interim Chair of the Board of Directors of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Weidensaul directs the ornithology program for National Audubon’s Hog Island Center on the coast of Maine which offers ecology programs that focus on the state’s natural history.

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Weidensaul started his writing career as a weekly nature columnist for the Pottsville Republican. He left that post in 1988 to pursue a freelance writing career in nature and wildlife. Today, Weidensaul is a contributing author to the New York Times, Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy and Audubon.

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