Date: 12/29/20 5:41 pm From: Brian K via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] My big owl year 2021 (hope to finish, this time)
Not sure if any of you remember, in 2017 I tried to see and photograph (ethically) all 19 North American Owls. I fell 3 short that year. Boreal, Spotted and Flammulated. I hoped to write a book as I had amazing experiences trying to find them, but I was also on a big time constraint due to my job, had NO plan in place and went to states I'd never been too. Never completing the task, I never put the book together, but I remember every detail of that year.
Fast forward to 2021. My job is gone until at least September. I have all the time I need now and in the last 2 years have found those missing Owl species to finish them all, in general. I took several more trips out west and I now know where to find everything, but I plan on taking it further (I'm thinking subspecies of Spotted). So a few weeks ago I decided, once again, I am going to try to see and photograph (ethically) all 19 North American Owl species. This time I will take all the time I need, my book will be written and it will have a "redemption" story to go with it. I also plan on putting together a presentation of my journey that I would make available to any birding, photography or conservation group that wants to hear about my journey.
I am reaching out though with the hopes of a little help. I know owls are a special encounter and fully understand keeping their locations secret. Species such as Long-eared, Saw-whet (in a sense), Boreal (crazy thinking) are on my "worry" list. I would be much appreciative if anyone coming across any of the harder to find species of Owls, around here, could maybe keep me in mind with their sightings. I fully appreciate and respect NOT getting info (even though I would have no way of knowing I didn't get intel) but I realized in 2017, if I had not asked around, I would have never have gotten to 16 species that year and be in a position to get it completed, next. Any info shared with me would be kept fully confidential, even in the book.