MORRISDALE – “Travel with me”, the speaker says, “we’re about to embark on an adventure.”
His kayak may be beached under the midnight sun on the bank of the Yukon River, as he shares dried salmon at an Indian fish camp.
He may be in a tiny cabin north of the Arctic Circle eating raw caribou and sipping inky black coffee with an ancient Eskimo hunter.
Or the blood-red setting sun will find him resting in the soft glow of an African campfire listening to nearby lion’s roar, as they begin the nights hunt for flesh.
“Adventure is where you find it,” says wildlife biologist and adventurer Wade Nolan, who will soon be sharing his unique perspective on nature and life with those attending the Lanse Free Church’s Wild Game Dinner on Feb. 27.
While growing up in western Pennsylvania, Nolan was always outdoors bow-hunting and fishing. Although he has traveled the world, he says he’ll never forget taking his first Pennsylvania buck.
“I still consider bow-hunting in the Pennsylvania hardwoods as holding some of my favorite moments,” says Nolan. He attended Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University, where he met his wife, Hazel. Her family is from just outside of Jamestown, NY.
After college they married and lived in Alaska’s wilderness for 17 years. Nolan worked in Alaska’s Denali National Park and with Alaska Big Game Guides filming Alaskan Brown Bears and Grizzlies.
Nolan spent more than five years living north of the Arctic Circle, where he and his wife led kayak expeditions down a thousand miles of Arctic and wilderness rivers.
“I always wanted to go to the top of the mountain … the unknown has always drawn me,” said Nolan. Friends have said that, “His life fits well between the pages of National Geographic.” As a professional writer, he has combined his love of the outdoors with photography and television production.
Nolan has produced more than 130 hunting videos, which have sold more than seven million copies. Much of his work has been with white-tailed deer, where he has produced more than 130 titles, including the two, best-selling series, Quest Production Group and WhiteTail University.
His speaking engagements have taken him into more than 200 cities. At the big game dinner, Nolan will conduct a whitetail deer-hunting seminar, which will cover hunting strategies based on deer biology.
Nolan’s production company also produces documentaries and videos about wildlife management. He has won five national and international awards for his productions.
One production, distributed nationwide, is a deer management education curriculum for high school-aged students that recently won the Conservation-Education Award from the Wildlife Society and Best of Show at the Outdoor Writers Convention.
His international broadcast works include David Attenborough’s “Trials of Life” nature series and coverage of the Alaska Valdez Oil spill on USA Today, Animal Planet and National Geographic. His wildlife documentary work has appeared worldwide on NBC, ABC, CBS and TNT.
“It was a hard decision to leave Alaska and move back East,” says Nolan. But when the Nolan’s decided it was time to raise children they moved to Derry, Pa., so the kids could enjoy grandma’s, grandpa’s and extended family. The Nolan’s have three children, Reed, Cory and Bess.
Nolan will share insights, along with true stories about survival in the Arctic and tales of grizzly and lion attacks and a Whitetail seminar at the Wild Game Dinner.
This event is sponsored by the men of Lanse Evangelical Free Church. It will be held at the Morris Township Recreational Building, Morrisdale.
The dinner will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 27. This is a free event, but tickets are required for entry. All men are asked to bring a main dish to share. For tickets, see any man of Lanse Free Church, or call the church office at 814-345-6500.