“Highways in the Sky: Migration and the Appalachians”is the topic for this years Maurice Brooks Lecture offered by the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer SciencesDivision of Forestry. Noted author, artist and photographer Scott Weidensaul will give the talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in room 458 of the Business and Economics Building.

Weidensaul will discuss bird migration and the role of the Appalachian Mountains in the dispersal and movement of species over time. He is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including”Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians,”“Raptors: The Birds of Prey”and his newest book,”Living on the Wind,”about migratory birdswhich was a finalist for a 200 Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category.

Weidensaul writes regularly for Smithsonian Magazine, and his work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Natural History, International Wildlife, Orion and Audubon. His photography and artwork have been published widely in books and periodicals, and he has guided natural history tours in the United States and abroad. His is a founder of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in central Pennsylvania, and serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Audubon Society.

The Maurice Brooks Lectureship Series was established through gifts to the West Virginia University Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts from individuals and organizations for the benefit of West Virginia University and its affiliated organizations. The WVU Foundation is in the midst of its Building Greatness Campaign: West Virginia University, a $250 million fund-raising effort being conducted by the Foundation on behalf of the University.

The lectureship series honors Maurice Brooks, a professor of wildlife management in the Davis College who was described by peers as a”renaissance naturalist”of the Appalachian region. Brooks died in 1993.