Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght

When wildlife biologist Jonathan C. Slaght first saw the Blakiston’s fish owl—the largest living species of its kind—it looked to him like a feathered yearling bear. But even that doesn’t capture the magnificence of an owl that looks, at certain angles, a little like a puppet made of yarn, as Slaght describes in his book, Owls of the Eastern Ice, a “floppy goblin,” a “small gray sack of potatoes,” or a “glowering dragon”—the last of these probably having to do with the animal’s six-foot wingspan. The owl is also “a symbol of … wilderness,” he writes, and “a beautiful thought I couldn’t quite articulate.”

But articulate it he does.