On Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm, Valley Forge Audubon and Reads & Company Bookshop will present author and biologist Jonathan Slaght, who will be discussing his new book “Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl” with Vince Smith President of Valley Forge Audubon Society. Owls of the Eastern Ice is receiving rave reviews and is sure to be one of the most memorable nature books of 2020.  Register to attend this virtual event at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jonathan-slaght-author/register

The book is due to be released on August 4.  Order your copy, with a special signed bookplate from Reads & Company.

The book provides a detailed and thrilling account of efforts to conserve an endangered species, the Blakiston’s fish owl, in the wilds of eastern Russia. As a University of Minnesota doctoral student, Slaght spent part of each year from 2006 until 2010 in the hardscrabble, sparsely inhabited region of Primorye doing research into the enormous yet elusive creatures. Through this rare glimpse into the everyday life of a field scientist and conservationist, Owls of the Eastern Ice testifies to the determination and creativity essential to scientific advancement and serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the natural world.    Read a review of “Owls of the Eastern Ice” by Helen MacDonald, author of “H is for Hawk” here.