Posted Feb 9, 2019
From the arctic to the tropics and everywhere in between, owls are everywhere! And this upcoming Wednesday, February 13th, we’ll have naturalist Howard Aprill from the Wehr Nature Center here to talk about owls that we can find in our own back yards. Join us at 7:00 PM in the Shorewood Village Center! In the meantime, learn more about these fascinating creatures:
In The Hidden Lives of Owls, naturalist and nature writer Leigh Calvez invites readers to tag along with her on her owl watching nocturnal journeys. In her expeditions, Calvez features the following species: Northern Saw-Whet Owls, Flammulated Owls, Snowy Owls, Northern Spotted Owls, Barred Owls, Burrowing Owls, Northern Pygmy Owls, Long-Eared and Short-Eared Owls, and Great Gray Owls. Along with information about the nighttime birds of prey, Calvez discusses the connection between human and animals, owl obsession, habitats, owl calls, mythology, and social behavior. Calvez’s writing is also easy to comprehend, and the science she presents is accessible for all levels of readers. Learn how mystery adds to the fascination of owls in this short, but interesting read.
From tough and wise to spooky and spiritual, from majestic and inspirational to austere and scary, owls embody a slew of depictions. In Owls: Our Most Charming Bird, Matt Sewell features over fifty drawings of owl species from around the world. Sewald includes some of the smallest owls (Eurasian Pygmy Owl) to the largest owls (Great Grey Owl) and a number of unique owls that fall in between. Plus, all of the world’s continents are explored. Each illustration is executed with beauty, detail, and personality while offering a brief description of the bird, its locale, and distinguishing features and behaviors. Owls is a small-sized book that is full of fun and information that is easy to browse or read from cover to cover.
While recovering from a skydiving accident, British military historian Martin Windrow decided to get a pet, and a pet owl at that. His first owl, Wellington, was a learning curve. Wellington enjoyed his fair share of unskinned chopped rabbit, hooted throughout the night, and one day flew away. To replace him, Windrow acquires Mumble, a quiet, calmer tawny owl. Together Windrow and Mumble spend the next fifteen years together, living a life of daily routine. Mumble sits on Windrow’s shoulder while shaving, and she tries to share her dinner with him; at some point Windrow has to put Mumble on a diet. Plus, in sharing their story, Windrow delves into the paleontology, the zoology, and the sociology of owls. Through humor, tears, and laughter, The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is an endearing, up close and personal account of one of the world’s most fascinating creatures.