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
    State College Bird Club
  • Susan Braun
    State College Area School District
  • Margaret Brittingham
    Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
  • Michele Crowl
    Discovery Space
  • Colleen DeLong
    Clearwater Conservancy
  • Linda Duerr
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Shari Edelson
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Deb Grove
    State College Bird Club
  • Melissa Kauffman
    Millbrook Marsh
  • Nick Kerlin, Volunteer
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Katie Ombalski
    Woods and Waters Consulting, LLC
  • Alissa Pendorf
    Avian Education Program
  • Kim Steiner
    The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Emily Thomas, Instructor
    Penn State DuBois
  • Douglas Wentzel, Instructor
    Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center