Friday, October 24
"Caught in the SNOWstorm"
The winter of 2013-14 saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern US in perhaps a century. These giant white raptors were seemingly everywhere -- but more than just an exciting birding event, this historic irruption provided an unprecedented chance to learn more about these enigmatic Arctic owls. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul will discuss how Project SNOWstorm -- one of the most ambitious snowy owl research projects ever attempted -- came together in a few frantic weeks last winter, was funded with the help of people from around the world, and the surprises, remarkable discoveries and unexpected insights it continues to provide into the life and ecology of the snowy owl. (Photo courtesy Beth Sanders).
Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," about bird migration; "Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Ornithology"; and "The First Frontier" The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America." His newest book, a Peterson Reference Guide to Owls, will be out in 2015. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon magazine and writes for a variety of other publications. He lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.
You do not have to be a festival participant to join us on Friday, October 24 for this program, but advanced registration is required ($40/person).