The Snowy Owl Scientist

HarperCollins/Clarion. (Scientist in the Field). Apr. 2022. 96p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780358329596.
Gr 3-6–The latest installment of the consistently excellent “Scientist in the Field” series features the work of Denver Holt, a snowy owl researcher who travels to Alaska’s north slope and the town of Utqiagvik, formerly Barrow, each June to survey snowy owl nesting. It may be summer, but the temperature is a brisk 38 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 degrees Celsius), so warm layers are required. So is an ATV as the few roads are gravel and, once off-road, much walking needs to be done to protect the nests, which are made on the ground. Holt and his assistants locate the nests, count eggs and owlets, and monitor food resources. The conversational text is engaging and accessible, but it’s the photographs that shine, from the arresting and appealing front cover to the impressive final image on the back. There are images on nearly every page that get readers up close and personal. These include helpful maps and thumbnails, sketches of wing feathering, photos of the flora and fauna of the area, and dramatic action shots. Sidebars include extra pertinent information such as quick facts and what to do if one finds an injured owl. Back matter includes a glossary, references, and an index.
VERDICT A first purchase sure to inspire budding scientists and snowy owl aficionados.

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