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Field Guide to Owls of California and the West

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Publisher Comments:

"Hans Peeters has done it again. His stellar Field Guide to Owls of California and the West is a fitting companion to his recent, acclaimed Raptors of California. Owls is not only an excellent field guide, but also an amazing primer on owl biology and behavior. It sets a new standard and, what's more, is both a visual treat and a captivating read."—Clay Sutton, coauthor of How to Spot an Owl and other books

"An enjoyable and wonderfully illustrated companion to Raptors of California. Treating the relatively familiar Great Horned Owl and obliging Burrowing Owl with the same skill as those ghostly forest species that are rarely more than disembodied voices for most of us, this book provides keen insights on the natural history of our most mysterious group of birds and sheds light on the complex conservation issues that face many owl species."—Kimball L. Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

"This is the owl book I've been waiting for. Peeters has delivered an exquisitely illustrated, thoroughly researched, and engagingly written guide that will be as valuable to young students as it will be to seasoned biologists."—Allen Fish, Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

Synopsis:

"Hans Peeters has done it again. His stellar "Field Guide to Owls of California and the West" is a fitting companion to his recent, acclaimed "Raptors of California." "Owls" is not only an excellent field guide, but also an amazing primer on owl biology and behavior. It sets a new standard and, what's more, is both a visual treat and a captivating read."--Clay Sutton, coauthor of "How to Spot an Owl" and other books

Synopsis:

Most owls are almost perfectly adapted to life in the dark. Their vaguely humanoid faces reflect the spectacular evolution of their hearing and vision, which has made flight, romance, and predation possible in the near absence of light. This accessible guide, full of intriguing anecdotes, covers all 19 species of owls occurring in North America. More than an identification guide, Field Guide to Owls of California and the West describes the biology and behavior of owls to make finding and identifying them easier and watching them more enjoyable. The guide also explores the conservation challenges that owls face and tells how owls provide insights to scientists working in fields from technology to health.

* Color plates illustrate each species

* Range maps show the western distribution of North America's owls, 14 of which occur in California

* Offers tips for finding and watching owls

* Gives information on how to design, place, and maintain nest boxes

* Describes human attitudes toward owls through history, including in Native American cultures of the West

About the Author

Hans Peeters, Professor of Biology, Zoology, and Ecology emeritus at Chabot College, is coauthor, with Pam Peeters, of Raptors of California (UC Press), with E.W. Jameson, Jr., of Mammals of California (UC Press) and author of American Hawking. His illustrations have appeared in many bird guides including The American Bird Conservancy's All the Birds of North America, Book of North American Birds, and Birds of South Asia. An award-winning painter, two of his depictions of Golden Eagles have appeared on Mexican stamps.

Table of Contents

Preface

INTRODUCTION

AN OWLS BODY

AN OWLS LIFE

FINDING AND WATCHING OWLS

OWLS AND HUMANS

SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Glossary

References

Index

Additional Captions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520252806
Author:
Peeters, Hans
Publisher:
University of California Press
Illustrator:
Peeters, Hans J.
Author:
Peeters, Hans J.
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - Guides
Subject:
Owls
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Owls - California
Subject:
Owls - West (U.S.)
Subject:
Nature Studies-Bird Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
California Natural History Guides
Series Volume:
93
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
154 color illustrations, 19 maps
Pages:
346
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.5 x 1 in 19 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Hans Peeters has done it again. His stellar "Field Guide to Owls of California and the West" is a fitting companion to his recent, acclaimed "Raptors of California." "Owls" is not only an excellent field guide, but also an amazing primer on owl biology and behavior. It sets a new standard and, what's more, is both a visual treat and a captivating read."--Clay Sutton, coauthor of "How to Spot an Owl" and other books
"Synopsis" by ,
Most owls are almost perfectly adapted to life in the dark. Their vaguely humanoid faces reflect the spectacular evolution of their hearing and vision, which has made flight, romance, and predation possible in the near absence of light. This accessible guide, full of intriguing anecdotes, covers all 19 species of owls occurring in North America. More than an identification guide, Field Guide to Owls of California and the West describes the biology and behavior of owls to make finding and identifying them easier and watching them more enjoyable. The guide also explores the conservation challenges that owls face and tells how owls provide insights to scientists working in fields from technology to health.

* Color plates illustrate each species

* Range maps show the western distribution of North America's owls, 14 of which occur in California

* Offers tips for finding and watching owls

* Gives information on how to design, place, and maintain nest boxes

* Describes human attitudes toward owls through history, including in Native American cultures of the West

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