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Field Guide to Owls of California and the West

Field / Identification Guide
By: Hans Peeters
250 pages, 154 col illus, 24 maps
Field Guide to Owls of California and the West
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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, it 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. It includes colour plates which illustrate each species; features range maps which 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; and, describes human attitudes toward owls through history, including in Native American cultures of the West.

Contents

Preface INTRODUCTION AN OWL'S BODY AN OWL'S LIFE FINDING AND WATCHING OWLS OWLS AND HUMANS SPECIES ACCOUNTS Glossary References Index Additional Captions

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Biography

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.
Field / Identification Guide
By: Hans Peeters
250 pages, 154 col illus, 24 maps
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An enormous amount of material packed into this book, which is compact enough to fit nicely into a jacket pocket or backpack... Essential.--Choice
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