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Field Guide to Owls of California and the West (Volume 93) (California Natural History Guides) Paperback – October 9, 2007
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* 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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"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
- Publisher : University of California Press; First edition (October 9, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 346 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0520252802
- ISBN-13 : 978-0520252806
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 4.5 x 1.03 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peeters has done it all -text, photographs, drawings, and illustrations. The plates are among his very best. The photograph of a Northern Pygmy Owl that introduces the scction describing an owl's body is extraordinary, and there are many more of similar beauty and utility. The book is presented in six parts. The Introduction is followed by An Owl's Life, Finding and Watching Owls, Owls and Humans, Species Accounts, and 21 stunning color plates (including two very useful ones of fledgling owls).
The book does indeed go beyond the boundaries of California. In fact, all 19 species of owls fond in the United States are covered. As the author says, "...the new scope provided the opportuniry to write about species that don't occur in my home state but that I have had the pleasure of meeting elsewhere."
Mr. Peeters (who is much published in professional circles)has done a thorough survey of the scientific literature, and what he has found and shares with his readers is interesting in every way. Details of distribution, food habits, behavior, ecology and status are provided. And all of this is supplemented with the more than half century of perceptive global natural history observations that have been so much of the life of this biologist. The book is full of material dazzling to amateur and professional alike.
This is a field guide that can be read for pleasure, written as it is with color and verbal richness laced with the idiosyncratic humor of this author.
This book would make a fine gift for birders young and old (perhaps especially if coupled with his recent Raptors of California, co-authored by his wife, Pam Peeters). But the same is true for the professional ornithologist -who is bound to learn how little he or she knew about owls before reading this book!