What An Owl Knows – Smithsonian Associate Jennifer Ackerman
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For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Our fascination with these mysterious birds was first documented more than 30,000 years ago in the Chauvet Cave paintings in southern France. With their forward-looking eyes and 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?
Scientists have only recently begun to understand in deep detail the complex nature of these extraordinary avians. Some 260 species of owls exist today, and they reside on every continent except Antarctica, but they are far more difficult to find and study than other birds because they are cryptic, camouflaged, and mostly active in the dark of night.
Our guest today, Smithsonian Associate Jennifer Ackerman, author of the New York Times bestseller The Genius of Birds, pulls back the curtain on the nature of the world’s most enigmatic birds as she explores the rich biology and natural history of owls and examines remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. For three decades, Jennifer Ackerman has written about science, nature, and health. Her work aims to explain and interpret science for a lay audience and to explore the riddle of humanity’s place in the natural world, blending scientific knowledge with imaginative vision. Jennifer Ackerman will be appearing at Smithsonian Associates coming up, so please check out our show notes or the Smithsonian Associates site for more details. But we have Jennifer Ackerman today and here is a brief passage from her new book, What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Bird , which we’ll be discussing, and is the title of Jennifer Ackerman’s upcoming presentation at Smithsonian Associates.
That, of course, is New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ackerman reading from her new book, What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Bird. Please join me in welcoming to the Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates interview series on radio and podcast Smithsonian Associate Jennifer Ackerman.
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