2021 Gala Guest Speaker, Scott Weidensaul

New York Times Best Selling Author and Ornithologist Scott Weidensaul to Speak at Wildlife Gala in State College

State College, PA – New York Times Best Selling Author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Scott Weidensaul will be the guest speaker at the third annual Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala held at the Wyndham Garden, State College on Friday, May 21, 2021. The Pennsylvania Wildlife Gala is the largest fundraiser for the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation, the conservation-focused organization based in State College. Weidensaul’s latest book, A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, was released at the end of March and landed on the New York Times Bestseller list in the category of Biology of Wildlife.

Weidensaul will share highlights of A World on the Wing, addressing the remarkable feats of migratory birds, the conservation challenges they face and his international field experiences alongside those fighting to save migratory birds. A Meet and Greet gathering with the author will follow the Gala for those in attendance.

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 specializing in nature and wildlife. Weidensaul’s writing has been published in Audubon, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Living Bird, National Wildlife and many other publications.

Weidensaul is a founder of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, PA, where he serves as Collections Curator and Saw-whet Owl Program Coordinator. He is a Board member of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and directs the ornithology program for National Audubon’s Hog Island Center on the coast of Maine.

Weidensaul is the author of more than 30 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds and the New York Times best- selling book, A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds. He is founder of the Critical Connections project which tracks the migration of birds that breed on national park lands in Alaska. He is an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as the migratory routes of western hummingbirds and the winter movements of snowy owls.

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.

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. For more information, visit www.wildlifeforeveryone.org.