When he was a fledgling birdwatcher, Jonathan C. Slaght had a chance encounter with the endangered Blakiston’s Fish Owl – a highly elusive species that lives in the remote forests of eastern Russia. That led to a grueling five-year research project chronicled in “Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl” – a combination adventure/conservation story longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction and included on multiple Best Book of the Year lists. Slaght will share his experiences – including snowmobiling and trucking across frozen rivers in the dead of winter in one of the most remote areas on earth – as well as what he learned about the charismatic species that hunts fish by wading in icy waters.
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Since its founding in the wake of the Dust Bowl in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has helped conserve over 14 million acres of wetland and upland habitat across North America, including nearly 70,000 acres in Illinois. DU Regional Biologist Michael Sertle will discuss how DU became the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetland conservation organization, how it prioritizes and funds its conservation work, and current efforts in northeastern Illinois.