Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght
"A field scientist and conservationist tracks the elusive Blakiston's Fish Owl in the forbidding reaches of eastern Russia."
I'm the first to admit, that doesn't sound all that compelling, but I promise, this book was great! Reading it was like being in the forests of Primorye searching for those rare giant owls. I was also fascinated by the dive into rural Russian culture. So many characters! So much vodka! Absolutely fascinating stuff.
I highly recommend the audiobook; it's narrated by the author who does an excellent job of bringing to life his story of saving these owls from loggers and other climate threats. Species conservation is necessary work, and Jonathan Slaght not only contributed to that work, but managed to write a captivating book about his adventures.
--Theresa Zelasko, Library