Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), a nonprofit ecological research group based in Portland, Maine, conducts innovative wildlife science worldwide.
BRI’s Center for Mercury Studies plays a lead scientific role in understanding the exposure and effects of mercury on wildlife in New England, North America, and around the world. The Center for Waterbird Studies is dedicated to assessing current and emerging threats to waterbirds. The programs in our Center for Ecology and Conservation Research aim to understand the workings of wildlife and their habitats while exploring how ecological stressors affect different species and ecosystems.
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Communications Director: Deborah McKew
Portland, ME—Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces the publication of Journey with the Owls. Authors David Evers and Kate Taylor, along with guest researchers, detail the stories of the 19 North American owl species through the lens of first-hand, in-depth study. Stunning and intimate images by international award winning photographer Paul Bannick capture owls and their habitats across the continent. In his Foreword, author and field biologist Jeff Fair speaks of his personal journey with owls as "more romance than research," while eloquently describing their unique calls and silent wings. Published by Willow Creek Press, the 160-page hardcover book includes a companion DVD.
“This book offers the opportunity to connect readers both with the owls and with the researchers and organizations working to study and conserve them,” says David Evers, Ph.D., BRI’s executive director and chief scientist. “We hope that through our portrayal of the life history of each of these species, alongside this impressive collection of images, this book will provide the owls a platform from which to advocate on their own behalf.”
The book is available on the publisher’s website (www.willowcreekpress.com).
Evers has observed all 19 species of North American Owls, specifically researching eight owl species, including dedicated surveys of Barn, Short-eared, and Barred Owls; movement studies of Great Gray Owls using transmitters; and migration monitoring of banded Northern Saw-whet, Boreal, Long-eared, and Great Horned Owls. Taylor, BRI outreach specialist, has focused on conservation efforts in New Hampshire and Maine since 1995. Currently BRI’s wildlife research specialist, she has co-authored three other wildlife books with Evers—Call of the Loon, Call of the North Woods, and Journey with the Loon.
The mission of Biodiversity Research Institute is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. BRI’s Raptor Program promotes greater awareness of owl conservation through monitoring, research, and outreach. Our work includes monitoring migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls along Maine’s coastline to determine the potential effects of wind turbines; through this research BRI has documented the island-hopping migratory pattern of these small birds. Along with the U.S. Forest Service, BRI works on conservation assessments to help determine management needs for Flammulated Owls and other species. BRI is also a member of Project SNOWstorm, a national program we support through the purchase and placement of satellite transmitters on Snowy Owls in Maine. www.briloon.org/raptors
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