Thursday, December 17, 2020
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl
Fieldwork. Good writing about an unfamiliar place makes Jonathan Slaght’s book titled, Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl, a delight to read. I was a bit hesitant to open this book about a scientist’s fieldwork in finding fish owls in Primorye, a province in the far eastern part of Russia. After just a few pages, I was hooked on learning about Slaght’s fieldwork searching for a two-foot- tall owl with a six-foot wingspan. Readers can almost feel what Shaght experiences while living in a tent under freezing conditions, crossing rivers packed with melting ice, finding the owls in multiple locations, drinking vodka, and relaxing in a banya. Readers with any interest in scientific fieldwork or conservation will find a lot to enjoy in this finely written book. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Owls of the Eastern Ice from amazon.com.