Embark on an adventure into the world of owls, owl-watching, avian and the deep forest. Leigh Calvez pursues nine different owl species including the great horned, spotted and snowy. Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories of the people who are obsessed with these birds and her own avian adventures in the field.
Join a naturalist on adventures into the world of owls, owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest-often in the dead of night. Whether you're tracking snowy or great horned owls, these birds are a bit mysterious, and that's part of what makes them so fascinating. Owls are iconic, and there are lots of them in the Western states, even though we hardly ever see them.
Leigh Calvez pursues eleven different owl species-includng the Barred, Flammulated, Northern Saw-Whet, Northern Pygmy, Northern Spotted, Burrowing, Snowy, and Great Gray. Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories of the people who are obsessed with these birds and her own avian adventures in the field. The thuggish behavior of barred owls puts the spotted owl at risk, so the federal wildlife agency is actually shooting them in Washington and Oregon. The highly unusual appearance of arctic snowy owls in the Lower 48 directly reflects the state of the vole population in the Arctic. Along the way, the author entertainingly explores the questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behavior, and mythology. Hoot!
Beeby has served as a missionary in China. He is Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at Selly Oak Colleges in England.
PNBA bestseller 2016 Washington State Book Award Finalist "Leigh Calvez enters the world of owls with a sense of wonder as wide-eyed as her subjects. The reader shares every discovery along the way in this winning and heartfelt exploration." --Thor Hanson, author of Feathers and Bartholomew Quill
"Almost like spying on the neighbors, Leigh joins the brother- and sisterhood of nocturnal birders who track and measure night birds for science and for love." --Kathleen Alcala, author of The Deepest Roots
"You'll come away from this riveting book blessed with owl wisdom that will enlarge your world forever." --Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Soul of an Octopus
"Informative as it is captivating, this book is a compelling window into the science and secrets of these guardians of the forest." --Brenda Peterson, author of Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals
"Calvez probes the forest at night in search of answers to the mystery [of owls], exploring topics such as owl calls, social behavior and mythology attached to the species." --The Chicago Tribune
"Calvez writes with feeling and is obviously in awe of these mysterious creatures." --Library Journal
"This enthusiastic study of the owls of the Pacific Northwest may inspire new fans and citizen scientists." --Shelf Awareness
"Leigh Calvez shares what she calls her 'owl journey' in this beautiful book, which is full of sensitive observations and high drama." --Kristin von Kreisler, author of An Unexpected Grace and Earnest
"An owling delight." --The Owl Pages
"An ode to the owl." --The Washington Post
"[An] illuminating journey." --Sierra Magazine
"Leigh Calvez shares many such trivia-friendly tidbits while providing the definitive histories of 11 owl species." --Audubon Magazine
"Entertaining and enlightening... a worthwhile and enjoyable read." --Birdwatch Magazine
"[Calvez's] writing integrates the luscious imagery of her surroundings along with the scientific data and analysis... it creates such an engaging reading experience." --Owl Eye
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