The Owl and the Woodpecker

Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds

  • 200 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-59485-095-0
  • Aug 25, 2008

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* An in-depth look at two of our most iconic-and important-bird species: owls and woodpeckers
* Great for photography lovers, conservationists, and backyard enthusiasts alike
* Foreword by award-winning artist and writer Tony Angell
* Includes an audio CD of bird calls

Every wild place and urban area in North America hosts an owl or a woodpecker species, while healthy natural places often boast representatives of both. The diversity of these two families of birds, and the ways in which they define and enrich the ecosystems they inhabit, are the subject of this vivid new book by wildlife photographer and naturalist Paul Bannick.

The Owl and the Woodpecker showcases a sense of these birds' natural rhythms, as well as the integral spirit of our wild places. Based on thousands of hours in the field photographing these fascinating and wily birds, Bannick evokes all 41 North American species of owls and woodpeckers, across 11 key habitats. And by revealing the impact of two of our most iconic birds, Bannick has created a wholly unique approach to birding and conservation.

If you'd like to see the images and information from the Owl and the Woodpecker come to life, please visit Paul Bannick's website and see if the Owl and the Woodpecker traveling museum exhibit is coming to your town next.


  • 200 pages
  • Mountaineers Books
  • 978-1-59485-095-0
  • Aug 25, 2008
Catch Paul Bannick in these "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" clips to learn about the increase of snowy owl sightings in the lower 48 this fall/winter, and why birders across the country are considering this influx to be such a treat.
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