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What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman
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Jun 13, 2023 | ISBN 9780593298886

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“Ackerman is a warm and companionable guide, so enthusiastic about her subject that I suspect even the avian-indifferent will be charmed by her encounters with owls and the dedicated people who study them.” —The New York Times

“A must-read for all bird lovers, Ackerman’s latest engaging work contains a feast of revelations about creatures that have fascinated us throughout human history. We learn that owlets begin making vocal sounds in the egg and that adult owls use sophisticated communication calls conveying their weight, sex, size and state of mind. Ackerman describes the strong maternal instincts owls display and outlines the environmental threats to these entrancing birds.” —The Guardian
“[Ackerman] offers an absorbing ear-tuft-to-tail appreciation of the raptor that Mary Oliver, a poet, called a ‘god of plunge and blood.’ Owls, it seems, know a lot. Ms. Ackerman draws on recent research to explain what and how.” —The Economist

“Ackerman is an excellent writer on the natural world, and in this wise and thoroughly researched book, her chapter on human-owl relations is especially fascinating.” New Statesman
“A fascinating read on how scientists are beginning to better understand the lives and ecology of these secretive and rarely visible birds.” —Science
“An enchanting guide.” —People
“‘What is it about owls that so enthralls us?’ . . . [Ackerman] explores this question with her trademark thoroughness and care, leading readers on an in-depth tour through the extraordinary world of owls . . . Edifying and immersive.” —Bookpage (starred review)
“[A] masterful survey . . . There’s fascinating trivia on every page, making for a revelatory glimpse into the lives of the ‘enigmatic’ raptors. Bird lovers will be enthralled.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fascinating food for thought for owl seekers and sure to please any lover of immersive treks into the lives of birds.”Kirkus (starred review)

Always eloquent and engaging, science writer Ackerman turns her attention to owls, those mysterious, nocturnal birds that everyone can recognize but few really know . . . Ackerman’s latest vivid and compelling narrative is enlivened by her own passion for owls and her excitement over discoveries in the wild that show that, for humans, owls continue to be full of surprises . . . Captivating.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Ackerman’s account brings a sense of enchantment and wonder to this intriguing, complex animal, one that exerts an especially powerful pull on our psyche and culture.” Australian Financial Review

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