Author to offer bird’s eye view of owls, hawks

Attention bird lovers: A renowned Pennsylvania author and naturalist is coming to the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.

Scott Weidensaul, one of fewer than 200 federally licensed hummingbird banders in North America, will share stories and information gleaned from decades of research at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Scott Weidensaul, one of fewer than 200 federally licensed hummingbird banders in North America, will share stories and information gleaned from decades of research, fieldwork and bird banding with birds of prey (hawks and owls) and hummingbirds, according to a press release.

The talk – “Messing Around with Birds (for Fun and Science)” – is being presented by the Brandywine Conservancy and will take place in the museum’s lecture room. After the lecture, a reception with food and drink will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Weidensaul will sign copies of his latest book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, which will be available for purchase.

Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including a Pulitzer Prize-nominated book on bird migration. He lectures widely on conservation and nature. In addition, he is an active field researcher whose work focuses on birds of prey, including saw-whet and snowy owls, and hummingbirds, the release said.

A bird bander for more than 25 years, Weidensaul maintains an active field research schedule, with much of his work now focusing on the ecology and movements of the northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus), the smallest owl in the East. He is also the co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, a collaborative research effort studying and tracking the unusually large and unpredictable appearance of Arctic-dwelling snowy owls in the contiguous U.S. over the least several winters.

The cost is $15 for non-members, and $10 for members. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

The Brandywine Conservancy, located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, works to conserve the natural, cultural, and agricultural resources of the Brandywine Watershed and other selected areas with a primary emphasis on conservation of water quality and quantity. The conservancy currently holds 460 conservation and agricultural easements and has facilitated the permanent preservation of more than 62,000 acres of land.

 

 

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