Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

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In Owl, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick uses his intimate yet dramatic images to follow different nesting owl species—Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy—throughout the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. Readers follow along at the nest as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and learning independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migration. For owls, every day brings a new challenge to survive, and this book shows readers how owls use the resources available to them in their habitat to face those challenges.


Special Features

• Details owls’ behavior throughout the changing seasons

• 200 new images, many of which are rare and never published before


All 19 species of North American owls are generously depicted throughout the book. Bannick’s startling images reflect behaviors shared by all owls, as well as some surprising exceptions and adaptations. The four featured owl habitats—forest, grassland and steppe, boreal, and Arctic—each reveal wildly rich stories of their own.


Owl is a stunning follow-up to Bannick’s bestselling title, The Owl and the Woodpecker, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history, and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds.