Humans have long regarded owls with a mixture of fear and fascination. Since most owls are nocturnal, and many live in remote habitats, they were not well studied until the past two decades. The owl remains a symbol of wisdom; however, the birds' keen senses, hunting ability, and contributions to their ecosystem are equally impressive. Packed with scrupulously accurate information and meticulous watercolor illustrations, "The Book of North American Owls" covers owl classification and history, habitat, life cycle-and the complex relationship between owls and humans. The comprehensive glossary includes all of the twenty-one North American species.