[Webinar] Owls of the Eastern Ice: Blakiston’s Fish Owl Conservation in Russia

Toronto Bird Celebration & Birds Canada / Oiseaux Canada
20 Apr 2021
16:30 - 17:30
Zoom

[Webinar] Owls of the Eastern Ice: Blakiston’s Fish Owl Conservation in Russia

Join us in conversation with Jonathan C. Slaght, PhD, author, biologist and Blakiston’s fish owl expert for an evening of exploration of the Russian tundra and the challenges to save this rare and magnificent species. This session is suitable for people interested in birds, books, conservation, travel and story lovers. You can join and share your questions in Zoom or follow on Facebook live. Please note THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RECORDED. Complete the post-event survey for a chance to win one of four three copies. 

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Jonathan Slaght is a conservation biologist working in Primorye, Russia, a remote, mountainous region populated by tigers, bears, and a remarkable assemblage of bird species. One of these birds, which Slaght has studied since 2006, is the Blakiston’s fish owl: an endangered salmon-eater and the largest owl species in the world. Slaght’s account of his work with these birds, called Owls of the Eastern Ice, was published in summer 2020 to acclaim. It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2020, longlisted for a 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and called one of the Ten Best Books of 2020 by the Wall Street Journal. Here, he will describe fish owls and his project, including details of the adventures and struggles of fieldwork, and on-going conservation efforts with this endangered species.

Slaght is the Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator for the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He manages research projects involving endangered species such as Blakiston’s fish owls and Amur tigers and coordinates WCS avian conservation activities along the East Asia-Australasian Flyway from the Russian Arctic to the mudflats of Southeast Asia. Slaght’s writings, scientific research, and photographs have been featured by the BBC World Service, the New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, and Audubon Magazine, among others. Owls of the Eastern Ice is his first book.

Recommended reading: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/22/owls-of-the-eastern-ice-by-jonathan-c-slaght-review-an-extraordinary-quest


We invite you to connect with the sponsors that make this free and delightful event a reality: Armstrong Bird Food, Pattison Outdoor, Acart Advertising, Kowa Optics, Fjällräven and Firefly Books. Thank you for this generous support!