Because Snowy Owls may spend years living north of humanity, their lives were mostly mysterious until the advent of advanced telemetry. Recent research has suddenly uncovered some of the remarkable behavior of this large, nomadic owl with new insight about their vulnerability to climate change.
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Scott Weidensaul - Director of Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens (both sessions); Director of Field Ornithology; Director of Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island (both sessions); Lecturer for Raptor Rapture Online
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Ghost with Trembling Wings, and Of a Feather, as well as the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean. He is a contributing editor for Audubon magazine, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest, and has written for dozens of other publications. Scott has directed a major study of northern saw-whet owl migration for more than 20 years; is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm (which studies snowy owls); a director of Project Owlnet, a collaboration of more than 125 owl-banding stations; and the Critical Connections project, which studies the migration of birds from Alaska's national park lands. He is also one of fewer than 200 licensed hummingbird banders in North America. Scott lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.