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Jennifer Ackerman, author of What an Owl Knows, in Virtual Conversation

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | 2:00 pm


Join us on Zoom for a virtual afternoon with Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds and The Bird Way, for a conversation about her latest. An instant NYT bestseller, What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds is a brilliant scientific exploration of owls, the most elusive group of birds, and an investigation into why these remarkable and yet mysterious animals exert such a hold on human imagination. In conversation with Lindsay Obermeier, our Raptor Program Director. A few of our resident owls will also appear! Co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company. 

For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. With their forward gaze and quiet flight, owls are often a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and foresight. But what does an owl really know? And what do we really know about owls? Ackerman illuminates the rich biology and natural history of these birds and reveals remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. Incorporating her own personal field observations about owls and dives deep into why these birds beguile us, Ackerman offers an awe-inspiring exploration of owls across the globe and through human history, and a spellbinding account of their astonishing hunting skills, communication, and sensory prowess.

Jennifer Ackerman is author of The Bird Way, a finalist for the PEN/EO Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, The Genius of Birds, and Birds by the Shore. Ackerman’s articles and essays have appeared in National GeographicThe New York Times MagazineScientific American, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation.

What an Owl Knows here or purchase a copy in our Nature Store.

The program is free, but registration is required. Register on Zoom.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023
2:00 pm
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