A new book says baby owlets can be a source of inspiration for the way people think about parents.
Baby owls, which can live up to 30 years, are an endangered species and the endangered species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
They have also become a popular tourist attraction, with people visiting the area in search of owls.
“We’re all very fascinated by the owl.
We’ve been seeing them for years.
And we have an interest in what happens when they grow up,” said Amanda Larkin, a professor of biology at the University of Calgary and co-author of the book, Baby Owls.
A recent survey by the International Wildlife Conservation Society showed that about half of Canadians have at least one baby owl, which Larkin believes is a significant change in how we think of owlets.
“When you have the first baby owl born in Canada, you’re kind of thinking about what’s the future of owlet populations in Canada.
But now we’re seeing that we’re not the only country to have that.”
The book is titled Baby Owlets: The Evolution of the World’s Most Unique Birds.
It’s being released Tuesday in the United States and in Canada on Nov. 17.
Larkin is a former conservation biologist who now studies wild animals at the Royal Ontario Museum.
She said it’s important to remember that the baby owlet isn’t the same as a baby giraffe.
“It’s not the same animal as a giraffe,” she said.
“But there’s a lot of similarities in the behaviour of the two.
So there’s certainly something there for everyone.”
“Baby owls were not thought of as being a big threat to human populations until the 1970s when they were discovered in a wildlife park in the U.K.,” Larkin said.
The animals, which have a distinctive white head and black, long tail, can grow to nearly 12 feet in length and weigh as much as a tonne.
“You could imagine them being a bit bigger than an eagle,” she added.
“They have some interesting characteristics about them that can be quite attractive.”
Larkin’s book, which focuses on baby owl sightings, will focus on the baby owl’s habitat in Canada and its natural habitat in North America.
“There are a lot more wild owls in Canada than in the rest of the world,” she explained.
“The majority of owl habitat is in the north, but there are some wild owl species in the west that live in the south, such as the red-eared owl, the blue-crowned owl and the snowy owl.”
Larkspur, an American-style red-headed owl, is the most common baby owl in Canada’s western territories, while black-headed, white-nosed and golden-headed owls occupy the rest.
Larkshot, for instance, is found in the Rocky Mountains and is considered a rare bird in the western territories.
“Black-headed and white-eyed owls have been a little bit more popular.
They’re more prevalent than white-tailed owls,” Larkin explained.
In the past, Canada’s bird populations were largely limited to a handful of areas, and these areas have become increasingly populated with owls as a result of habitat loss.
“I think a lot has changed over the last few years and we’re now really seeing that these species have become a very important part of our ecosystem, in fact they’re really a bit of a wildlife conservation success story,” she noted.
“As we’ve become more and more isolated, they’re now being seen in the wild and being part of the landscape.”
Larkins book also explores how the baby birds affect people.
“These babies are amazing and they are also very cute, so you want to try to understand how they’re affecting people, and the people are a big part of that.
They play a huge role in social interactions and are important for bonding and making friends,” she elaborated.
“That’s why they’re so cute, because they have a special relationship with humans.”
A baby baby owl is pictured during the 2016 International Owls Conference in Dublin, Ireland.
The book also discusses the way baby owles can be an effective tool for conservation.
“This is the first book where we’re actually showing people how to do this,” said Larkin.
“And I think it’s going to be very important for people, because it’s something that they’ve probably never seen before.”
“I know it sounds really scary, but we’re going to have a lot fewer owls on our roads than we have now, so I think that’s going be a good thing,” Larkin added.
Baby Owl Adventures has been written with help from the U of C and is a part of Larkines book tour, which runs through Dec. 10. “Baby owl