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The wise hours : a journey into the wild and secret world of owls / Miriam Darlington.

Darlington, Miriam, (author.).


Owls have existed for over sixty million years, and in the relatively short time we have shared the planet with these majestic birds they have ignited the human imagination. But even as owls continue to captivate our collective consciousness, celebrated British nature writer Miriam Darlington finds herself struck by all she doesn't know about the true nature of these enigmatic creatures. Darlington begins her fieldwork in the British Isles with her teenage son, Benji. As her avian fascination grows, she travels to France, Serbia, Spain, Finland, and the frosted Lapland borders of the Arctic for rare encounters with the Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Long-eared Owl, Pygmy Owl, Snowy Owl, and more. But when her son develops a mysterious illness, her quest to understand the elusive nature of owls becomes entangled with a search for finding a cure. In The Wise Hours, Darlington watches and listens to the natural world and to the rhythms of her home and family, inviting readers to discover the wonders of owls alongside her while rewilding our imagination with the mystery, fragility, and magnificence of all creatures.

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  • ISBN: 9781953534835
  • ISBN: 195353483X
  • Physical Description: xxx, 302 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in the UK as Owl Sense, by Guardian Faber"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-297).
Formatted Contents Note:
Tyto alba, Barn owl -- Strix aluco, Tawny owl -- Athene noctua, Little owl -- Asio otus, Long-eared owl -- Asio flammeus, Short-eared owl -- Bubo bubo, Eurasian Eagle owl -- Glaucidium passerinum, Pygmy owl -- Bubo scandiacus, Snowy owl.
Subject: Owls.
Owls > Behavior.

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  • 2 of 3 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Castlegar Public Library.


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Castlegar Public Library 598.97 DAR (Text) 35146002347433 Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -

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