The Arboretum at Penn State

Avian Education Advisory Committee

The Arboretum’sĀ Avian Education Program was established in 2011 by an endowment from an anonymous donor. Program development and oversight are performed by Dr. Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, with the assistance of an advisory committee. Included on the committee are representatives of Penn State (faculty and students), local birding enthusiasts, and environmental organizations.


  • Diane K. Bierly, President
    State College Bird Club
  • Susan Braun
    State College Area School District
  • Margaret Brittingham, Professor
    Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
  • Michele Crowl
    Discovery Space
  • Linda Duerr
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Shari Edelson
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Melissa Freed
    Millbrook Marsh
  • Deb Grove
    State College Bird Club
  • Molly Hetrick
    Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
  • Nick Kerlin, Volunteer
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Nancy Ellen Kiernan, Volunteer
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Katie Ombalski
    ClearWater Conservancy
  • Kim Steiner
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Emily Thomas, Instructor
    Penn State DuBois
  • Amy Weidensaul, Director of Program Development
    Pennsylvania Audubon Society
  • Phil Wallis, Director
    Pennsylvania Audubon Society
  • Douglas Wentzel, Instructor
    Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center