Research Interests


 ©Scott Fraser A bird bander for more than 25 years, Scott 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. Click here to learn more about the saw-whet owl research program he directs for the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.

  In 2013, Weidensaul helped found Project SNOWstorm, a multi-state, collaborative effort to better understand the periodic irruptions of snowy owls into southern Canada and the U.S., and the winter ecology of these immense raptors.

  Weidensaul is one of fewer than 200 federally licensed hummingbird banders in North America. A major research interest of his is the rapidly growing number of western hummingbirds now appearing each fall and winter in the East.

He is also a founder of the Critical Connections project, which is using next-generation tracking technology to study the migration of birds on national parklands in Alaska.

 For more information about bird-banding, go to the website of the federal Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

 To report a banded, wing-tagged or color-marked wild bird (other than a pigeon), you can use the Banding Lab's online reporting system.