He has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a 1999 Pulitzer Prize finalist for general nonfiction. His most recent book, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding, traces 400 years of bird study and birding in America.
"Philadelphiaespecially the Academy of Natural Scienceswas the cradle of American ornithology," said Weidensaul. "From Bartram and Wilson to Audubon, Cassin and other giants, Philadelphia and the Academy set the template for bird study throughout the country."
In addition to writing and lecturing about wildlife, Weidensaul is an active field researcher. Over the last 14 years, he has helped run an all-volunteer research teamfrom schoolchildren to retireesto monitor migrating owls through the Appalachians. In years past he has participated in banding hawks for research purposes, and he recently 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 eastern U.S.
His mantra is: "Anyone with a passion and interest can help do cutting-edge science."
The first Richard Hopper Day Medal was presented April 26, 1960 to a team of four men who organized and made the dive in Jacques Picard's bathyscaphe "Trieste" to the deepest spot on the ocean's floor, Marianas Trench, southwest of Guam.
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