Synopses & Reviews
A naturalist probes the forest, mainly at night, to comprehend the secret lives of owls in this book that will appeal to readers of Crow Planet and H is for Hawk. Join Leigh Calvez on adventures into the world of owls: owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest—often in the dead of night. These birds are a bit mysterious, and that’s part of what makes them so fascinating. Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible while exploring the questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behavior, and mythology.
"Calvez probes the forest at night in search of answers to the mystery [of owls], exploring topics such as owl calls, social behavior and mythology attached to the species." The Chicago Tribune
"You’ll love going owling with superb naturalist and writer Leigh Calvez. Like the birds themselves, The Hidden Lives of Owls is filled with drama, mystery, and surprise. You’ll come away from this riveting book blessed with owl wisdom that will enlarge your world forever." Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Soul of an Octopus
"Almost like spying on the neighbors, Leigh joins the brother – and sisterhood of nocturnal birders who track and measure night birds for science and for love. I’ve often wondered what the owls were saying to each other. The answer is surprising but inevitable, like all good stories." Kathleen Alcalá, author of The Deepest Roots
"Leigh Calvez enters the world of owls with a sense of wonder as wide-eyed as her subjects. The reader shares every discovery along the way in this winning and heartfelt exploration." Thor Hanson, author of Feathers and Bartholomew Quill
About the Author
Leigh Calvez is a scientist and nature writer and the author of Whale Watching on the West Coast.