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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Owls of the United States and Canada

A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

by (author) Wayne Lynch

Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2007
Category
Birdwatching Guides, Reference, Plants & Animals, Ornithology
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774814591
    Publish Date
    Nov 2007
    List Price
    $39.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780801886874
    Publish Date
    Nov 2007
    List Price
    $54.95

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Named One of the Best Reference Books of 2007 by Library Journal

There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legend—from the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations belief that an owl feather could give a newborn better night vision. But the truth about owls is much more exciting.

In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of these elusive species with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science. The photos alone are masterpieces. Unlike most published owl photos, which are portraits of birds in captivity, the vast majority of these were taken in the wild—a product of the author-photographer's incredible knowledge and patience.

Lynch complements the photos with a wealth of facts about anatomy, habitat, diet, and family life. For each of the nineteen species that inhabit Canada and the United States, he provides a range map and a brief discussion of its distribution, population size, and status. Lynch debunks myths about owls' "supernatural" powers of sight and hearing, discusses courtship rituals, and offers personal tips for finding owls in the wild.

From the great horned to the tiny elf owl, this amazing volume captures the beauty and mystery of these charismatic birds of prey.

About the author

Wayne Lynch
Recognized and respected as one of North America's leading wildlife and natural history photographers, Wayne Lynch has spent the last forty-two years capturing images of wildlife in wild places the world over. His impressive photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over sixty countries. Lynch is also an award-winning science writer, a popular guest lecturer, and a veteran photo safari leader. His practical and entertaining approach to natural history, whether it be through the written or spoken word, has attracted the admiration of audiences worldwide. He has photographed both common and unusual creatures in their native habitat in more than fifty countries, travelling extensively for long periods of time and often undergoing considerable physical hardship to get the "perfect shot."

With an exceptional ability to write for both adults and children, Lynch has authored more than fifth highly acclaimed natural history books, including The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest, Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Penguins of the World,Mountain Bears, Bear: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness, A is for Arctic: Natural Wonders of a Polar World, The Nature Babies Series and the wildly popular children's book The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop.

Lynch is a Fellow of the internationally recognized Explorers Club and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. Lynch lives in Calgary with his wife of forty-five years, Aubrey Lang.

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Editorial Reviews

"Overall this book is a pleasure to read whether you're a diehard owl enthusiast or a casual admirer. You'll find yourself wanting to leave this book somewhere conspicuous, so you can show the images off to friends, family, and unwary passersby."

Bird Watcher's Digest

"Thoughtfully organized... it is an outstanding reference for this remarkable family of birds."

Wildlife Activist

"This is, in short, far and away the best owl book this reviewer has seen designed especially for general audiences. The writing is clear, concise, scientifically accurate, and totally readable."

Choice

"This is a must have book for anyone interested in owls."

Birdingnet.com

"I have more than a dozen owl books... but probably none is so attractive and accessibly informative as this one."

Great Plains Research

"Beautiful, readable, and affordable. So if you plan to give it as a gift, I suggest you buy a copy for yourself as well."

Tuscaloosa News

"This beautifully illustrated book contains a wealth of fascinating information... Will be much appreciated by birders, naturalists, and anyone with an interest in owls."

Southeastern Naturalist

"This is a gorgeous book from celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch."

Library Journal

"This work is a labor of love. The author has done an admirable job."

Quarterly Review of Biology

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