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What an Owl Knows: The Science of the Most Enigmatic Birds

Publisher: Penguin Press

Jennifer Ackerman is an award-winning science writer and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her work aims to explain and interpret science as well as to explore the riddles of the natural world by blending scientific knowledge with strong storytelling. Ackerman studied literature at Yale University and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s in English.

Over the past decades, owls have fascinated and intrigued many of us in our society, and Ackerman provides a brilliant scientific investigation into owls. She connects her research of owls with her own personal field observations about owls and dives deep into why these birds attract us. Ackerman also joins other scientists in this experiment and explores how researchers are using modern technology and tools to learn how owls communicate, hunt, raise their youth, and migrate from season to season.

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Originally aired on July 9, 2023