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What An Owl Knows

Indian Eagle Owl
Jo Garbutt
Indian Eagle Owl

Look into the eyes of an owl and what do you see? Is there any way to know what’s hidden behind those eyes? Thanks to new research, there might be.

Science writer Jennifer Ackerman, author of several books about birds, has turned her attention to the bird world’s most mysterious — and charismatic — member. Her latest,“What an Owl Knows,” was inspired by a series of questions: Do owls have feelings and emotions? What about personalities? We say they’re wise, but how smart are they, really? Once “owls set her mind a-whirr with questions,” Ackerman knew she had to find out. She’ll share with us what she learned, and what owls have to tell us about their nature — and our own.


  • Jennifer Ackerman | Science and nature writer and author of “What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds” [Amazon | Bookshop

Airdate: Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.