From Hedwig, the Snowy Owl of Harry Potter fame, to Winnie-the-Pooh’s beloved friend Owl, this wide-eyed bird of the night has found its way into young hearts and imaginations everywhere. Owling invites young readers into the world of real-life owls, to learn about their fascinating behaviors and abilities. Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson presents a one-of-a-kind look into the mysterious lives of these distinctive birds. Dramatic images of the 19 owl species of North America nesting, flying, hunting, and catching prey are accompanied by information about the birds’ silent flight, remarkable eyes and ears, haunting calls, and fascinating night life. Kids will learn how to spot owls; identify their calls, plumage, and pellets; and even carry on a hooting conversation with a nearby owl.
About the Author
Mark Wilson is the author of Owling. He is an award-winning wildlife photojournalist who has written about and photographed birds for more than 35 years. He and his wife run Eyes On Owls, an educational program that brings live owls to schools and groups. He lives in Dunstable, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: All About Owls Chapter 2: Introducing the Owls Owls of North America Barn Owl Flammulated Owl Western Screech-Owl Eastern Screech-Owl Whiskered Screech-Owl Great Horned Owl Snowy Owl Northern Hawk Owl Northern Pygmy-Owl Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Elf Owl Burrowing Owl Spotted Owl Barred Owl Great Gray Owl Long-eared Owl Short-eared Owl Boreal Owl Northern Saw-Whet Owl Chapter 3: How to Find Owls Chapter 4: Working with Owls Glossary Places to See Owls in Captivity Index Metric Conversion Chart
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is your one-stop book for thorough and fascinating coverage of owls. Crisp, detailed photographs bring to life every aspect of owl anatomy, nesting, habitat, and hunting. Owl pellets, which always fascinate kids, are covered in great detail. The book finishes with conservation and rehabilitation efforts and a reputable link for making your own owl box. The glow-in-the-dark cover is icing on the cake. I waited until I could get a hard copy from our library network before buying. Our local children's librarian agrees that this is an incredible book and ordered one today, too! I recommend this for teachers to add to their classroom libraries. Owling: enter the mysterious birds of the night by Mark Wilson is worth every penny. Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the eARC.
A fantastic book, with excellent images and quality information of the main species in North America. I was surprised by interesting data, for example that some species have adaptations for hunting such as asymmetric ears and other species have soft body feathers that dampen sound. Another fact that I did not know is that these birds do not build their nests, but use those left by other birds and even old burrows or tree cavities of mammals. The book has a brief explanation to build an owls house and the dimensions required according to the species. I found the section of experts who work with owls to be particularly significant, from the educational point of view, it gave my son and me a clear and concrete perspective of the efforts that some people are making to rescue and preserve the wild life. Therefore I recommend this book that provides a broad and sufficiently detailed overview of the owls of North America for elementary educational uses, for children and young naturists in training, and for the caregivers who want to accompany them on their journey of discovery. My sincere appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book