©Bill UrichOrnithologist and author Scott Weidensaul celebrates the natural world -- particularly bird migration -- in his research, his writing and his public speaking.

Weidensaul spearheads a number of major research projects focusing on owls, hummingbirds and songbirds. He has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct; Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding; The First Frontier; and the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls.


JUST RELEASED: The long-awaited 20th anniversary edition of Weidensaul's classic Mountains of the Heart. Fully revised to reflect the changes in ecology, conservation and natural history over the past two decades, it also features an expansive new foreword.

 Praise for Mountains of the Heart:

"Scott Weidensaul doesn't just write books, he lives them...more than good reads, they're journeys through time and space." — Pittsburgh Post Gazette 

 "Mountains of the Heart is a masterpiece encompassing Scott Weidensaul's mastery of language and nature. His ability to notice, catch, and distill fragments of beauty missed by others, makes this the sort of book yearned for by all who cherish wild things and wild places." — Ted Williams, Audubon Magazine  

"A fine, literate ramble along the ridges and valleys of the great spine of the Appalachians. Weidensaul has produced a thoughtful accounting of ancient mountains, of vast, continental clashes, tiny, exquisite wildflowers, obscure salamanders, woodrats, moose, elk, bears and coyotes. A good read, even for those already familiar with the rich flora and fauna of the region—his sense of wildness pervades."  —John H. Mitchell, author, Ceremonial Time

 "A wonderful nature and ecological history of the Appalachian Mountain range." — Library Journal

ALL ABOUT OWLS: One of the most comprehensive works yet produced on North American owls, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, has just been released, covering 39 species from Mexico and the Caribbean north. It includes a downloadable audio album of more than 80 vocalizations representing all species, the most detailed range maps ever produced, and more than 350 color photographs.

And don't miss The Living Bird, a collection of stunning photos and essays that includes Weidensaul's work, marking the 100th anniversary of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

Listen to Weidensaul's interview with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air."

Weidensaul lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics, and is an active field researcher, specializing in the study of migration in owls, hummingbirds and passerines.  He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania.

Scott Weidensaul leads tours to such exotic destinations as Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Alaska and other exciting locales - check out the details here.