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Field Guide to Owls of California and the West
California Natural History Guides

by Hans J. Peeters

      Now that you have purchased and mastered the new GPS receiver you received for Christmas, letís take it out for a nocturnal, woodland adventure in search of owls. For this trek into the wild, a copy of Hans Peeters' Field Guide to Owls of California and the West should be nestled in your jacket pocket or backpack.

Covering all nineteen species of owls found in North America, this sturdy guide describes the biology and behavior of owls, which will make finding and identifying them easier. There are color plates illustrating each species, range maps that show the distribution of North Americaís owls (fourteen species inhabit California), handy tips on finding and watching owls, and intriguing anecdotes about the creatures.

For those so inclined, there is also information on how to design, place and maintain nest boxes if you'd like to create an area close to home that might be attractive to an owl family.

More than just a basic field guide, here's a comprehensive volume that explores every aspect of this very special bird and will delight both the seasoned biologist and the casual birder.

The Book

University of California Press
October 2007
Nonfiction / nature
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2008
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