Owl Wins Gold Medal!
Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls has won the Gold Medal for the category “Animals/Pets” in the 21st annual, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards by the Independent Publishers Association.
The “IPPY,” as it is known in the book publishing industry for 20+ years, is the world’s largest international and regional book awards competition, with almost exactly 5,000 entrants. This award honors the year’s best independently published titles from around the world in over 80 subject categories.
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New Book Published!
Paul Bannick’s New Book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls integrates more than 200 new intimate and dramatic images, up-to-date science about owls and first-hand experience based upon tens of thousands of hours spent with owls on their territories in the wild.You will witness rare images as the owls move through each stage of their life: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; feeding of young and fledging in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. The book shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to overcome the challenges of each season.
All 19 species found in Canada and the United States are featured in the photos and narrative throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl and Snowy Owl.
Owl is a stunning follow-up to Paul’s bestselling title, The Owl and The Woodpecker, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds. See Paul’s new program and hundreds of new owl images and dozens of new owl videos at a city near you.
“A landmark work of natural truth, with a wealth of biological information and a starkly honest depiction of raw nature, with owls shown as both adorable and as fierce predators that perform a vital ecological role.”
— William Dietrich, Pulitzer prize winning journalist
Owl was selected as one of 15 finalists in 2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards Shortlist
— 2017 PNBA Shortlist Announced
Searching for Owls in the field with King 5
— King 5 News (television interview)
A conversation with Paul: Amazing Owls
— A Beautiful World (public radio interview)
Verdict: “Most highly recommended for all levels: public, professional, and young adult; will appeal to those interested in nature, North American habitats, and conservation. A gem!”
— Henry T. Armistead, Library Journal Reviews
“… it’s easy to become captivated by the owls in Bannick’s book; their unruffled gazes peering out from the page. It’s at once natural history, wildlife primer and love letter.”
— Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
“Not only a feast to the eye but lessons in habits and habitats of a fierce, haunting predator”
— Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
“We protect what we love and we love what we know”
— King 5 New Day (television interview)
“10 Spectacular Owl Photos You Have to See”
— Jenna O’Donnell, Audubon
In the field with Paul: Birders flock to Madera Canyon to hear Owl Expert
— Kitty Bottemiller, Green Valley News
“Full breadth of owl behavior, activity, and interrelationships with elements of habitat”
— Joe Spring, Sierra Club
“Photos of Other Worldly Owls”
— Anna V. Smith, High Country News
The Owl and the Woodpecker Traveling Exhibit
Created by the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the exhibit—featuring Paul’s extraordinary images, together with informative text and vivid sound recordings—introduces audiences to North America’s most specialized species of owls and woodpeckers. Evocative and engaging, this exhibit demonstrates how owls and woodpeckers define and enrich the specific habitats on which they depend. Audiences learn how the presence of owls attests to the health of the ecosystem they inhabit, and how woodpeckers improve these same habitats for all wildlife, especially owls, through their day—to—day activities. Visitors will be immersed in the sights and sounds of these iconic birds, and leave with a greater appreciation for them and for the critical need for conservation.
- Now — January 2, 2017 Lindsay Wildlife Museum Walnut Creek, CA
- March 4, 2017 — May 17, 2017 Fellows Riverside Gardens, Youngstown, OH
Paul Discusses Owl Irruptions with National AudubonBannick’s photos, video and narrative examine the periodic explosion of owls beyond normal habitat. Click image to see the video: Audubon CBC-IrruptiveSpecies@BobSacha from Audubon Science on Vimeo.
Bannick's Photography Tips Appear in Audubon MagazineIn this article for Audubon, Paul shares his advice on getting the perfect bird photograph.
Keynotes, Speaking Engagements, and Public AppearancesPaul Bannick is touring North America as a keynote speaker and presenter, with multi-media presentations that focus on natural history through birds and habitat. Most of his upcoming events are focusing on the themes for his new book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. An audience favorite, Paul consistently fills every venue, from birding festivals, wildlife symposiums, and organization fundraisers, to Audubon and Nature Canada meetings and workshops, college lecture series, and museum gatherings. Schedule Paul for your event, or come listen to his latest stories, and view his spectacular images at a location near you!
See tour dates and locations.