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This is the ninth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

12 Bells large Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: A barn owl can eat up to 1,000 mice per year. No wonder farmers try to attract barn owls to help control rodents!

Owl folklore: Because of their association with the goddess Athena, owls are sometimes viewed as guardians with a magical inner light that enabled them to see at night.

Owl link: The Barn Owl Conservatory Network focuses on British Barn Owls. Still, there is a lot of information here that owl fans will find interesting  and a video with lots of Barn Owl Facts.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.
Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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This is the seventh blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

Owl Light back cover Owl art: The painting used for the back cover of Owl Light.

Owl fact: The biggest threat nowadays to owls are pesticides that poison both owls & their food sources, habitat loss, and persecution from humans because of superstitions and folklore. If you spot an owl – enjoy the view, but let it be. If you want to help owls: 1) Try not to use pesticides. 2) Put up an owl box for a little man-made housing to replace a bit of habitat that we’re destroying. 3) Educate yourself, your family & friends about owls. And don’t believe all the negative folklore.

Owl folklore: Athena, the ancient Greek Goddess of Wisdom, chose a Little Owl (Athene noctua) as her favorite bird.

Owl link: The Powerful Owl Project in Australia is an example of owl conservation. Read more about it here  and watch a video about Powerful Owls.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.
Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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Owl Light, my next book, now contains stories and poems. I’ve sent the manuscript off to Editor Katie of Cold Moon Press, and await her comments. A little darker in tone than The Greener Forest, this collection includes fantasy stories, ghost tales, and a science fiction piece that reads like fantasy.

I thought I’d share more owl facts, folklore, legends, and superstitions which I came across in my research. First, an owl fact: A group of owls is called a parliament.

12 Bells large Second, an owl folklore tidbit:  Athena, the ancient Greek Goddess of Wisdom, chose a Little Owl (Athene noctua) as her favorite bird.  So it’s no surprise the wise Little Owl kept an eye on commerce from one side of Athenian silver tertradrachm coins.

Third, a scrap of literary words from A.A. Milne of Winnie the Pooh fame: “Owl is the grand and rather clever old man of the forest. He can also spell Tuesday.” – A.A. Milne

And lastly, a reminder: The biggest threat nowadays to owls are humans. Educate yourself, your family & friends about owls, preserve their habitat, watch use of poisons, and don’t believe all the negative folklore.

If you missed the 1st “Owl Notes,” you can scroll back a few blogs, or just hit this link: https://vonniewinslowcrist.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/owl-notes/

Update: Owl Light is now available from Amazon and elsewhere.

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