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Naturalist to speak Nov. 15 in Jewett Hall
Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Visit Scott Weidensaul's website.

Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul will speak at SUNY Fredonia on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in Jewett Hall Room 101, and that evening at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown.

The biology department has invited him to give an informal seminar and take questions from students. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Mr. Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history and the environment. including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ghost with Trembling Wings, and Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul, in which he retraced the 1953 journey across America taken by Roger Tory Peterson and British ornithologist James Fisher.

In addition to writing about wildlife, Weidensaul is an active field researcher whose work focuses on bird migration. Besides banding hawks each fall (something he's done for almost 20 years), he directs a major effort to study the movements of northern saw-whet owls, one of the smallest and least-understood raptors in North America.

Most recently, he has joined a continental effort to understand the rapid evolution, by several species of western hummingbirds, of a new migratory route and wintering range in the East.

His presentation at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute starts at 7 p.m.

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