Jonathan C. Slaght

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Jonathan C. Slaght, PhD, is the Russia and Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He leads research projects on Blakiston's fish owls and Amur tigers, and seeks to unify the conservation objectives of the WCS Russia, Arctic Beringia, and China Programs.

His memoir, "Owls of the Eastern Ice," was longlisted for a 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

His writings and scientific research have been featured on BBC World Service, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Audubon Magazine, among others.
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Owls & the Meaning of April

The transition from winter to spring always brings out a curious mixture of emotions in me. For years, April had meant the end of a field season, weeks of cold and discomfort spent with my local colleagues in the Russian woods, sometimes a hundred or more kilometers from the nearest human settlement, sleeping in a […]
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"I enjoyed this despite probably not being the target audience and learned that I never want to go to a field expedition to Russia. "
Across the Ussuri Kray by Vladimir K. Arsenyev
"What a remarkable book. It's hard to believe an exploration like this took place just in the last century, right around the same time my grandparents were immigrating to America. While civilization was busy adding electricity to cities, Arsenyev, Der" Read more of this review »
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Hi Lillian, I can't get my 8-year-old to read it, but some people with children 8-14 have told me their kids **loved** being read this book. There's a fair bit of drinking, the occasional naked person (saunas and hot springs, nothing tawdry), and onl See Full Answer
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"National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist 2020. Wow! Who knew that conservation fieldwork could be so harrowing! It requires personal fortitude, as well as a panoply of practical skills. Slaght’s quest to study the endangered Blakiston’s fish owl i" Read more of this review »
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It was clearly an owl, but bigger than any I’d seen, about the size of an eagle but fluffier and more portly, with enormous ear tufts. Backlit by the hazy gray of a winter sky, it seemed almost too big and too comical to be a real bird, as if someone had hastily glued fistfuls of feathers to a yearling bear, then propped the dazed beast in the tree.
Even today, after fifteen years of experinece with these birds, they take my breath away every time I see one. My first description here holds: these birds are improbably large and often look like they just rolled out of bed; late for work.
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