2021 Gala Guest Speaker, Scott Weidensaul

Owl Expert and Acclaimed Writer on Natural History to Speak at Wildlife Gala

Scott Weidensaul will Share Story of Project SNOWstorm

State College, PA – 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 Wyndham Garden State College on Friday, April 23, 2021. Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.” He is an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

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 Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and directs the ornithology program for National Audubon’s Hog Island Center on the coast of Maine.

A native of Pennsylvania, Weidensaul started his writing career as a weekly 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 editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and writes for a variety of other publications including Living Bird.

A dynamic speaker, Weidensaul will share the story of Project SNOWstorm, an international collaborative research project that he helped to organize in 2013 to take advantage of the large influx of snowy owls into the eastern United States. Project SNOWstorm continues to make discoveries about the life and ecology of the Snowy Owl.

Tickets to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation’s mission to promote wildlife conservation and education in Pennsylvania. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www. wildlifeforeveryone.org/events or call 814-238-8138. RSVP by March 27.

About the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation

The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation was established in 2004 to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment through much-needed financial support for wildlife conservation efforts and education. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported projects including wildlife and wetland habitat improvements, creek and lake restorations, the Seedlings for Schools and Pollinator Garden programs and student educational opportunities. A fully accessible wetlands area that will provide residents of central Pennsylvania with an outdoor learning space and nature observatory that offers everyone an opportunity to connect with nature, is planned for 2021. The Foundation’s mission connects all wildlife and nature enthusiasts to the great outdoors, including birders, hunters, anglers, students and everyone with an appreciation for nature’s treasures. For more information, visit www.wildlifeforeveryone.org.