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Works by Jonathan C. Slaght

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Across the Ussuri Kray: Travels in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains (2014) — Translator, some editions — 15 copies

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Nationality
USA
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USA
Places of residence
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Occupations
blogger
Organizations
Wildlife Conservation Society

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Sort of a combination travelogue a d primer on fish owl research. Enjoyable on both levels and appreciate that the author leaves you with a sense of hope
 
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cspiwak | 14 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
I’d never heard of this kind of owl before this book caught my eye, and I learned a lot reading it. The writing was fantastic, and I enjoyed his descriptions of the people he worked with on his research project as much as his descriptions of the fish owls and other animals in Primorye Province in Russia. It was fascinating to see how he plotted out his five-year research grant, spending part of each year in Russia doing fieldwork, and spending off-season time in Minnesota, studying and developing skills (like raptor capture!) to prepare for the next season of fieldwork in Russia.

The book was a good one for my chapter-a-day approach to nonfiction, broken up into easily-digested chapters (although once I realized it was a 2-week library checkout instead of 4-week, I had to pick up the pace). He’s a good storyteller, so whatever he was describing—a colorful character he met, an aspect of Russian culture, the hardships of fieldwork in a Russian winter, or his encounters with the fish owls and other animals—it was all absorbing.

If you’re an animal lover or a fan of travel writing, I highly recommend this!
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Harks | 14 other reviews | Dec 17, 2022 |
An excellent write up of field work done for a PhD study on fish owls in the Russian far east by a young American researcher. As well as telling us about the birds he also tells us a little about the fascinating life of Russians living in such isolated communities. But the impact of the outside world is severed with demand from logging and mining altering the landscape and habitat substantially.
 
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Steve38 | 14 other reviews | Jul 6, 2022 |
Almost passed on this because the subject seemed dry, but I am very glad I took the chance. The writing is lucid and informed, and compelling from start to finish. As much about people as it is about owls, maybe even more.
 
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Cantsaywhy | 14 other reviews | Jan 2, 2022 |

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