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Noted refuge lecturer to spotlight gray owl

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Mar 3, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Paul Bannick has a reputation for stunning photography and an obsession with owls.

Award-winning author and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will present a program featuring stunning imagery from his books about owls at a lecture, titled “Gray Owl: A Visual Natural History,” on March 12 at 10 a.m. at The Community House for the “Ding” Darling Lecture Series.

Based on thousands of hours in the field photographing, one of his new books — “Great Gray Owl: A Visual Natural History,” published in October — is the latest example of the author’s love and respect for owls. It showcases one of the largest owl species, also known as the Phantom of the North, Great Gray Ghost and Bearded Owl. It lives in the western mountains and boreal regions of North America.

Bannick also published “Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History” in October. Other works include “The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds” and “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls.”

His work has been featured prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation,and Birds of the World, and it has appeared in a variety of publications from The New York Times and Birds and Blooms, to American Way and Seattle Times.

Bannick has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, and dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote.

PHOTO PROVIDED Paul Bannick published two photographic owl books in October.

Socially-distanced seating for the lectures is limited and available on a first-come basis. Staff will distribute entry wristbands to attendees starting at 9 a.m., after taking touch-free temperature readings. Attendees must be wearing wristbands and face masks to enter the lecture room. Early arrivals may save their seat and one other with personal items; saved seats must be filled by 9:45 a.m.

Following the lecture, Bannick will sign copies of his books, which are available for purchase onsite that or in advance at any of the DDWS Nature Store outlets. Profits from sales benefit conservation efforts at the refuge.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge is hosting the 17th annual lecture series, and Bill and Laurie Harkey sponsored Bannick’s lecture.

The remaining series schedule is as follows:

– March 19: Author Kirk W. Johnson, “Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century,” sponsored by Ashton Kirchner Group/Keller Williams Realty Sanibel and Captiva, HighTower/Thomas and Swartz Wealth Management, Geoffrey and Karen Moss, and Sanibel Carts*

*book signing to follow

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

The Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.