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Embark on an adventure into the world of owls, owl-watching, avian and the deep forest. Leigh Calvez pursues nine different owl species including the great horned, spotted and snowy. Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories of the people who are obsessed with these birds and her own avian adventures in the field. The author entertainingly explores the questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behaviour and mythology.
Leigh Calvez is a scientist and nature writer. In 2013 she published her first book entitled Whale Watching Adventures on the Pacific Coast. She has been involved in whale research and observation projects in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Zealand and the Azores.
"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
"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
"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
"Naturalist Leigh Calvez looks into the almost-human eyes of these elusive birds and shares her riveting and well-told adventures of owling. Informative as it is captivating, this book is a compelling window into the science and secrets of these guardians of the forest."
– Brenda Peterson, author of Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals