A sound like water dripping: In search of the Boreal Owl Soren Bondrup-Nielsen 2009 Gaspereau Press ISBN 9781554470747
Owls seem to hold a fascination for just about everyone. Maybe it is their appearance where we see ourselves reflected in their face. Their beak resembles our nose and their big eyes similar to ours look forward and have eyelids that close from above unlike all other birds where the eyelids close from below. To us, owls represents wisdom and not the fierce predators which they are. Owls may also represent ghost-like qualities flying on silent wings and being active at night. For some cultures, owls are harpengers of death. What ever it is, owls are somehow magic. I studied the Boreal Owl in northern Ontario and Alberta from 1974 to 1976, yet I am still approached by Naturalist Societies with invitations to talk about this small northern owl so few people have seen. In my teaching, as well, when I get a chance to talk about my resarch on owls the whole class listens intentively. Thus, after I had finished my book, Winter on Diamond, I felt a longing for the solitary but exciting experience of disappearing into my head but this time to relive my discovery of the Boreal Owl.
Winter Nature:Common Mammals, Birds, Trees and Shrubs of the Maritimes. Merritt Gibson, Soren Bondrup-Nielsen Illustrated by Twila Robar-Decoste 2008 Gaspereau Press ISBN 9781554470594
Winter Nature Notes was compiled for the many Maritimers who enjoy
the outdoors in winter. If you are a cross-country skier or snowshoer, a
winter camper, or simply someone who enjoys walking along woodland trails and
open fields, you have wonderful opportunities to observe the wild plants and
animals that live all around you. With such interests, you will
plan trips to areas of special interest: a walk to watch eagles soaring in the
air currents above a mountain, a ski along a river to see golden-eyes diving in
the rapids, a hike to look for a deer yard, or to find a giant oak tree.
Winter is a good time
to start watching the world around you. Many birds migrate south in
autumn, but the numbers that remain are sufficient to challenge your abilities
to find them. Deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their leaves but, with
practice, features of the twigs and buds may be used to identify them.
Some mammals hibernate, but many remain active and winter is one of the best
times to look for them. Mammals are secretive and difficult to find at
any time of the year, but in winter their tracks record their presence.
It takes patience to identify tracks and decide what the animal was doing and
where it lives. Exploring the world around you takes you outdoors,
challenges your ability to find plants and animals, and provides many hours of
Winter on Diamond: An encounter with the Temagami Wilderness Soren Bondrup-Nielsen 2004 ISBN 9780973632101 Res Telluris Book Publishers www.restelluris.ca
Winter on Diamond is the story of two young men who winter
deep in the Temagami Wilderness, neighbouring with whiskey-jacks and the tall
red pines.It is the remembrance
of a fifty-year old biologist who discovered the power in life by lifting his
feet one snowshoe-step at a time across a season of cold.Winter on Diamond,
redefines the meaning of adventure, where the surprise is not the danger
encountered but the impact experienced.No longer is it necessary to conquer mountains. Sometimes it’s more powerful
to rest in a cabin with your closest friend, eat bannock, cut firewood, play
cribbage, feed the red black vole that befriends you and trek through the cold
night mesmerized by an outburst of stars.