Birding

Doug Wentzel, program director at the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and retired Penn State researcher Greg Grove sitting in studio
Anne Danahy / WPSU

A recent study published in the journal Science found the number of birds in North America is plummeting. The bird population dropped by more than a quarter over the past 50 years. Grassland birds, shore birds and songbirds are all affected. WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with Greg Grove, editor of Pennsylvania Birds, and Doug Wentzel, president of the State College Bird Club, about bird watching and those trends

This I Believe: I Believe In Birding

Apr 13, 2017
Susan Smith with binoculars
Emily Reddy / WPSU

I believe in birding.

I am a fledgling birder. I joined an early morning group that meets on the boardwalk at Millbrook Marsh. Those undulating flashes of light are goldfinches. The barn swallow likes to perch on the wire, showing off his orange and blue colors. Look, there, along the creek bank, is a pair of wood ducks: see the drooping green crest of the male. The two are glorious in their bright geometric plumage.

Scott Weidensaul with Owl
Bill Urich

BookFest will take place on Saturday as a part of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with one of this year’s featured authors, Scott Weidensaul, about his best-known book, Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction writing.

Check out the BookFestPA lineup on their website.