Purchase Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Purchase signed copies of Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls by sending an email to me at paul@paulbannick.com titled “OWL Book Order.”
You can find unsigned copies of this book at your local independent book store, online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Elliot Bay Books Company, Powell’s, or, buy it directly from Mountaineers Books. You can also purchase and have books signed at one of Paul’s events in your area.


For anyone who appreciates wild things and wild places, each of Paul Bannick’s stunning photographs is worth ten thousand words. – Ted Williams, Audubon

In Owl, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick uses his intimate yet dramatic images to follow North American owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. Readers follow along at the nest as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. For owls, every day brings a new challenge to survive, and this book shows readers how owls use the unique resources available to them in their habitat to face those challenges. All 19 species found in Canada and the United States are featured in photos and narrative throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl and Snowy Owl.

Special Features

  • Details owls’ behavior throughout their four distinct life stages
  • 200 new images, many of which feature rarely photographed behavior and most have never been published before
  • A field guide that helps identify owls and compare each species.
  • Perfect holiday book for all bird-watchers, wildlife lovers and for those who appreciate stunning photography.
Paul’s startling images reflect behaviors shared by all owls, as well as some surprising exceptions and adaptations. The four featured owl habitats—forest, grassland and steppe, boreal, and Arctic—each reveal wildly rich stories of their own. 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.

Owl was published by Braided River, an award-winning nonprofit publisher that helps protect wild places with images and stories that inspire action and change perspectives.


Owl was selected as one of 15 finalists in the 2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards Shortlist by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.  More than 350 titles published in 2016 were considered.

A conversation with Paul: Amazing Owls
— A Beautiful World (public radio interview), winter 2016

In the field with Paul: Birders flock to Madera Canyon to hear Owl Expert
— Kitty Bottemiller, Green Valley News, November 15, 2016

“Let a Pro Teach You How to Take Great Owl Photos”

— Jennifer Bogo, Audubon, Winter 2016

“Stalking Snowy Owls and the Mystery of their Wintertime Migration”
Alaska Dispatch News, December 11, 2016

“Owls Dance and Brawls in the Skies”
American Way Magazine (page 38), March, 2017


“Paul Bannick’s wonderful Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls is more than just a showcase for his spectacular photography. It’s 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. This is the kind of book that makes one marvel at our planet.”
— William Dietrich, Pulitzer winning journalist
Searching for Owls in the field with King 5
King 5 News (television interview)

 “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

Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
— King 5 New Day (television interview)

“Full breadth of owl behavior, activity, and interrelationships with elements of habitat”
— Joe Spring, Sierra Club

“10 Spectacular Owl Photos You Have to See”
— Jenna O’Donnell, Audubon

“Photos of Other Worldly Owls”
— Anna V. Smith, High Country News

“Nature Photographer lives a Year with the Owls of North America”
— Luciano Marano, Bainbridge Island Review

“Author Book Talk features Remarkable Owl Photos
What’s Up Bainbridge (podcast)

“Telling the Story of North America’s Owls requires a lot of time in Alaska”
— Mike Campbell, Alaskan Dispatch News

Favorite Staff Gift Book – “…one to savor.”
NW Book Lovers Reviews

“The Secret Lives of Owls”
— Rebecca Ratterman, Seattle Magazine