One Man's Owl: (Abridged Edition)

One Man's Owl: (Abridged Edition)

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by Bernd Heinrich
     
 

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This engaging chronicle of how the author and the great horned owl "Bubo" came to know one another over three summers spent in the Maine woods--and of how Bubo eventually grew into an independent hunter--is now available in an edition that has been abridged and revised so as to be more accessible to the general reader.

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This engaging chronicle of how the author and the great horned owl "Bubo" came to know one another over three summers spent in the Maine woods--and of how Bubo eventually grew into an independent hunter--is now available in an edition that has been abridged and revised so as to be more accessible to the general reader.

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The New York Times Book Review
[Bernd Heinrich] tells the tender story of a very small animal experiment. The experiment is clearly a ruse—an excuse for indulging the infatuation that blossoms when a man stumbles over a baby owl. Its tiny talon sticking out of the snow catches his attention. . . . Mr. Heinrich . . . knows only too well that naturalists take a dim view of the urge to remove a bird from the wild and take it home to nurse. This book, complete with affectionate drawings and photographs by the author, may serve as his apology.
— Bonnie Bilyeu Gordon
The Los Angeles Times Book Review
Bernd Heinrich is a nature lover, a scholar, and a fine writer. . . . One Man's Owl straddles the line between formal science and sheer love of the wild, and does it beautifully.
— David M. Graber
The New York Times Book Review - Bonnie Bilyeu Gordon
[Bernd Heinrich] tells the tender story of a very small animal experiment. The experiment is clearly a ruse—an excuse for indulging the infatuation that blossoms when a man stumbles over a baby owl. Its tiny talon sticking out of the snow catches his attention. . . . Mr. Heinrich . . . knows only too well that naturalists take a dim view of the urge to remove a bird from the wild and take it home to nurse. This book, complete with affectionate drawings and photographs by the author, may serve as his apology.
The Los Angeles Times Book Review - David M. Graber
Bernd Heinrich is a nature lover, a scholar, and a fine writer. . . . One Man's Owl straddles the line between formal science and sheer love of the wild, and does it beautifully.
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"[Bernd Heinrich] tells the tender story of a very small animal experiment. The experiment is clearly a ruse--an excuse for indulging the infatuation that blossoms when a man stumbles over a baby owl. Its tiny talon sticking out of the snow catches his attention. . . . Mr. Heinrich . . . knows only too well that naturalists take a dim view of the urge to remove a bird from the wild and take it home to nurse. This book, complete with affectionate drawings and photographs by the author, may serve as his apology."--Bonnie Bilyeu Gordon, The New York Times Book Review

"Bernd Heinrich is a nature lover, a scholar, and a fine writer. . . . One Man's Owl straddles the line between formal science and sheer love of the wild, and does it beautifully."--David M. Graber, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Library Journal
This is not another story of well-intentioned but misguided incarceration of wild foundlings (most of which are kept in violation of the law and are better left alone). Heinrich ( In a Patch of Fireweed ) rescued a young great horned owl after its nest was destroyed by a storm and kept it in a semi-wild state for three years. His entertaining diary of the owl's behavior is also a discourse on natural history, with references to technical literature, as well as musings and philosophy. Heinrich is especially interested in how owls acquire their skills as predators and why smaller birds swarm around them in the daytime. An excellent book that should have wide appeal. Nature Book Society and Library of Science selection. Henry T. Armistead, Thomas Jefferson Univ., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691000657
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/13/1993
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
600,658
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)

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One Man's Owl: (Abridged Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone wants an owl after Harry Potter, but don't. This book like all of Heinrich's is easy to read but has an undercurrent of warning within. Well written with insights into bird behavior.