New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. Octavo, dustwrapper, black and white illustrations, maps.
For a quarter of a century, Tony Angell had the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of Western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside the window of his forest home. This book draws on the journals in which the author recorded his observations, and the captivating drawings he created, to form a compelling personal account of an artist-naturalist's life with owls. Angell's extensive illustrations show owls engaged in hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive natures, while also revealing Angell's utmost respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges. Angell discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls from other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought. He also offers detailed scientific descriptions of the nineteen species of owls found in North America, as well as their close relatives elsewhere. Always emphasizing the interaction of humans and owls, the author affirms by his own example the power of these birds both to beguile and to inspire. Also available in paperback [stock id 39582].
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