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Recent Media Attention

Owl Center Adds New Owl Ambassador

An article that discusses owl weights, and includes Blakiston's fish owls. From the Lacrosse Tribune, Lacrosse Wisconsin, 14 Sept. 2015

The Rare and Exotic Animals of Russia's Far East
This photo-driven article by Jonathan Slaght and WCS' Julie Maher highlights some of the incredible wildlife in the Russian Far East, including fish owls. LiveScience.com, 05 Sept 2015

Timber Company Says it will Destroy Roads to Save Tigers
This article discusses successes at closing unused logging roads in Russia; an effort that will help preserve biodiversity in the region, including tigers and fish owls. MongaBay.com, 29 July, 2015

Golden Eagle Attacks and Kills Sika Deer
Jonathan Slaght co-authored a paper describing a golden eagle attacking and killing a sika deer. This paper has received considerable attention in the media, including National Public Radio, National Geographic, Fox News, and New York Daily News, among many others. Published 23 September, 2013.  

World's Largest Owl Exposes Health of 
Russia's Forests

An interview with Jonathan Slaght on LiveScience.com about our publication linking fish owl nesting and foraging to old-growth riparian forest. This interview was picked up by multiple news outlets, including NBC News, Yahoo! News, and mentioned on Science Magazine's news site, Scientific American, and others. Published 26 August, 2013.  

Snowy tigers and Giant Owls: Conservation Against the Odds in Russia's Far East
An interview with Jonathan Slaght on MongaBay.com that covers the Wildlife Conservation Society's Russia Program efforts, including conservation of Amur tigers, Amur leopards, and Blakiston's fish owls. Published 28 May, 2013.  

The Owl Comes Into Its Own: New York Times Article
Tremendous thanks to Pulizer Prize-winning journalist Natalie Angier for writing this engaging article about owls, and for including our work in the mix. And don't miss the Science Times podcast interview, Looking Through Owls Eyes, with David Corcoran. Published 26 February, 2013.

Past Fish Owl Publications

SLAGHT, J.C. and S.G. SURMACH. Blakiston's fish owls and logging: applying resource selection information to endangered species conservation in Russia. Bird Conservation International, in press

SLAGHT, J.C. 2014. Blakiston's fish owls on Hokkaido, Japan: a summary and assessment of conservation strategies. Tyto December 2014: 24-43

SLAGHT, J.C., J. HORNE, S.G. SURMACH, and R.J. GUTIÉRREZ. 2013. Home Range and Resource Selection by Animals Constrained by Linear Habitat Features: an Example of Blakiston's Fish Owl. Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12143

SLAGHT, J.C., S.G. SURMACH, and R.J. GUTIÉRREZ. 2013. Riparian old-growth forests provide critical nesting and foraging habitat for Blakiston’s fish owl Bubo blakistoni in Russia. Oryx 47: 553-560. doi: 10.1017/S0030605312000956

SLAGHT, JC. 2009. Night-Fishing Primorye's Wild Rivers: A Portrait of the Blakiston's Fish Owl. Russian Conservation News. September 2009:22-25. download pdf

SLAGHT, JC, S. AVDEYUK, and S. SURMACH. 2009. Using Prey Enclosures to Lure Fish-Eating Raptors to Traps. Journal of Raptor Research 43: 237-240. download pdf

SLAGHT, J. 2009. Ghost Owl. Wildlife Conservation Society Members' News. September-October 2009:2-3. download pdf

SLAGHT, JC. Winter Fishing. Vestnik Terneya 49:11. 02 May 2009. (Newspaper article in Russian describing fish owl hunting behavior). download pdf

SLAGHT, JC. 2009. Chasing a Giant. Wildlife Conservation Magazine, March-April:44-49. download pdf.

SLAGHT, J.C. AND S.G. SURMACH. 2008. Biology and conservation of Blakiston’s fish owls in Russia: a review of the primary literature and assessment of the secondary literature. Journal of Raptor Research 42: 29-37. download pdf

Past Media Attention

How Fast Can a Falcon Dive?
In addition to answering a number of common and not-so-comon questions about raptors, this 2010 book by Peter Capainolo and Carol Butler includes several paragraphs describing conservation efforts of the Blakiston's Fish Owl Project, and includes a few of our photos as well.

Vladivostok Air In-Flight Magazine
This award-winning magazine (Best In-Flight Magazine in Russia in 2008) features an interview with J. Slaght both in Russian and English, published in 2009. The translation isn't great, and the words not always accurate, but still a neat article. This is a big file (6.5MB).

Oceanography Magazine
Short December 2009 article by Cheryl Lyn Dybas describes our field efforts. The fish owl article starts on the third page of the pdf.

Full Citation: Dybas, C. 2009. Russian Roulette: To Catch a Fish Owl. Oceanography 22:12-13.

Wild Birds Broadcasting
Article by Jim Ducey about the 2009 fish owl field season, and the work we do

New York Times (2009)
Short article in the 02 January 2009 edition of the New York Times, about the ring tone project I contributed fish owl vocals to.

Vestnik Ternei
Article (in Russian) in the 01 May 2008 issue of "Vestnik Ternei", the Ternei County newspaper. This article describes BFOP efforts in the area. Link above, or download pdf.

Flight Path Spring 2008 Newsletter
This National Aviary newsletter features a short piece on the Blakiston's Fish Owl Project, look for it on the last page (page 8).

Minnesota Daily
The University of Minnesota newspaper wrote this story about the Blakiston's Fish Owl ring-tones available at Rare Earth Tones. From January 27th, 2007.

A Minneapolis-St.Paul CBS affiliate aired this segment about the Blakiston's Fish owl ring tones on the evening news (27 January 2007.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Download a .pdf of the Blakiston's Fish Owl ring tone article printed in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press (11 March 2007).

Non-Fish Owl Media

Tiger Interview: Des Moines
A nice interview about Amur tigers with KCWI 23 in Des Moines, Iowa, April 2014.