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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816677581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816677580
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Erickson is the author of several books about ornithology, including For the Birds, Sharing the Wonder of Birds with Kids, 101 Ways to Help Birds, and The Bird Watching Answer Book. Her twenty-five-year-old radio program For the Birds is the longest running on the topic in the country and airs on more than a dozen radio stations. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Betsy Bowen is a woodcut printmaker and painter who has illustrated several books, among them Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman and Big Belching Bog, both available from the University of Minnesota Press. She lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

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I'd recommend this to anyone interested in birds and nature.
Dawn Killen-Courtney
Beautiful owl illustrations and excellent information about the owls of Minnesota.
Joyce C. Riggle
Reading this book has the feel of having lunch with a friend.
Vickie Wyatt

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Reno on January 10, 2012
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I had heard about this book on public radio when the author was being interviewed. She was so interesting that I knew that I needed this book. I was not disappointed- good for both those living in the woods or city.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cynical american on January 12, 2012
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This book is beautiful and informative. Both an art book and a birder's book, a true joy to read and own. It will also make a great introduction to birding for the younger reader. I cannot say enough good things about it. The whole book is as beautiful as the cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Wyatt on February 3, 2012
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Reading this book has the feel of having lunch with a friend. You've caught Laura and Betsy up with your latest news, and the conversation turns, for a chapter, to the day a photographer was taking pictures of prairie dog antics and saw a Burrowing Owl. "What is a Burrowing Owl?" you want to know. Betsy shows you a picture, and you begin to wonder how you can wheedle it away from her, and where in your home you could hang the painting. As Laura answers your question, science and story come together in a way that draws you in and then sends you out not only knowing more, but wanting more --- say your own experience of seeing a Burrowing Owl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Killen-Courtney VINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
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This isn't just any bird book, it is in a league of it's own. I wasn't expecting the type of writing Laura Erikson gifts us with in this book. She manages to bring us into the bird's world from their point of view, over and over again. The sure technique to get me fascinated with an animal/nature book. She sites quite a few real incidents (including the Great Halloween Blizzard of 1991 that few Minnesotans will forget) to weave into the tales of the survival struggles of the owl species she writes of. Not only that, because I only get to see half the equation of birds, esp. crows, mobbing Great Horned Owls, in the daytime, I got to learn of the rapacious killing of crows the owls do to them when they are roosted and vulnerable at night! It's a bloody, hungry world out there these animals are struggling to survive in, even if you don't add in all the interference caused by us humans.

Then, along with these marvelous narratives on the great glossy pages are Betsy Bowen's fabulous illustrations. Owl art! Yes. I have bird books that give the reader photos, and those that give illustrations that seek to depict the species as close as possible to ensure identification. Well, that's not exactly what Betsy does, though I think you surely could i.d. an owl from her illustrations, but they're just so beautiful they transcend the identification only genre by a lot. A great collaborative effort by these two women, neither of whom I knew a thing about before reading a review of their current book _Hawk Ridge_, which I am looking forward to reading as well. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in birds and nature.
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More About the Author

Laura Erickson has been fascinated with birds since she could stand on the sofa and watch city pigeons out her Chicago two-flat window when she was a toddler. She has been avidly birding since 1975, and since then she has been teaching about birds as a local Audubon society field trip leader, elementary and junior high school teacher, "For the Birds" radio program creator and producer, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, public speaker, and writer.

For a few years, she was what she calls a migrant worker, migrating between her house and husband in Duluth, Minnesota, and her job as Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. But she was homesick and returned to Minnesota for good. Now she's a contributing editor and columnist for BirdWatching magazine, and still working on "For the Birds," which has been on the air for over 26 years. Wherever she is, she's likely to have her dog Photon along, and to be living with her cat Kasey (once a feral cat who lived on songbirds but now strictly an indoor cat) and her licensed education Eastern Screech-Owl, Archimedes. She has three wonderful adult children, all who care about birds and the environment.

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