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Owls of the Eastern Ice

Owls of the Eastern Ice

A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl

Large Print - 2021 | Center Point Large Print edition
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When he was just a fledgling birdwatcher, Jonathan C. Slaght had a chance encounter with one of the most mysterious birds on Earth. Bigger than any owl he knew, it looked like a small bear with decorative feathers. He snapped a quick photo and shared it with experts. Soon he was on a five-year journey, searching for this enormous, enigmatic creature in the lush, remote forests of eastern Russia. That first sighting set his calling as a scientist. Despite a wingspan of six feet and a height of over two feet, the Blakiston's fish owl is highly elusive. They are easiest to find in winter, when their tracks mark the snowy banks of the rivers where they feed. They are also endangered. And so, as Slaght and his devoted team set out to locate the owls, they aim to craft a conservation plan that helps ensure the species' survival. This quest sends them on all-night monitoring missions in freezing tents, mad dashes across thawing rivers, and free-climbs up rotting trees to check nests for precious eggs. They use cutting-edge tracking technology and improvise ingenious traps. And all along, they must keep watch against a run-in with a bear or an Amur tiger. At the heart of Slaght's story are the fish owls themselves: cunning hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2021
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781643587639
Branch Call Number: LP 598.97 SL127O 2020
Characteristics: 437 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
large print
16 point


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Jan 31, 2021

Seeking a Ph.D. topic in a remote part of Eastern Russia he got to know as a Peace Core volunteer, the author chooses to research the habitat needs of an endangered species, the Blakiston’s fish owl. This book describes his field work.

What a place, what people, what enchanting owls, and what a journey for this Minnesota man! So well written. No wonder the book was on many top nature book of the year lists. An inspiring read for any aspiring wildlife biologist or ornithologist, or like me, an armchair traveler with a fondness for owls.


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