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Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe

Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe


Book Overview: Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe

When ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in a near-death baby owl, they expected that, like other wild orphans they'd rescued, she'd be a temporary presence. But Alfie's feathers were not growing correctly, requiring prolonged care. As Alfie grew and gained strength, she became a part of the family, joining a menagerie of dogs and chickens and making a home for herself in the backyard. Carl and Patricia began to realize that the healing was mutual; Alfie had been braided into their world, and was now pulling them into hers.

Alfie & Me is the story of the remarkable impact this little owl would have on their lives. The continuing bond of trust following her freedom--and her raising of her own wild brood--coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a year in which Carl and Patricia were forced to spend time at home without the normal obligations of work and travel. Witnessing all the fine details of their feathered friend's life offered Carl and Patricia a view of existence from Alfie's perspective.

One can travel the world and go nowhere; one can be stuck keeping the faith at home and discover a new world. Safina's relationship with an owl made him want to better understand how people have viewed humanity's relationship with nature across cultures and throughout history. Interwoven with Safina's keen observations, insight, and reflections, Alfie & Me is a work of profound beauties and magical timing harbored within one upended year.

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Carl Safina is a renowned American marine conservationist, author, and endowed professor at Stony Brook University. He has co-founded many organizations dedicated to ocean health and marine species preservation, including the Blue Ocean Institute, reflecting his commitment to conservation. With a Ph.D. in Ecology from Rutgers University, Safina has made immense contributions to the field of marine ecology and played a pivotal role in global initiatives to protect marine life. As an author, Safina has earned high acclaim for his beautifully written and deeply insightful books about the natural world. His works, which span genres from non-fiction to children’s books, blend rigorous scientific study with a touching sense of wonder about Earth's diverse life forms. Safina's books such as "Song for the Blue Ocean" and "The Eye of the Albatross" have garnered him prestigious awards, including the Orion Book Award and the Lannan Literary Award. Beyond academia and writing, Safina is an active participant in popular discourse about the environment. He frequently contributes to The New York Times, National Geographic, and other globally recognized publications, using these platforms to advocate for ocean health and biodiversity. With his academic background, literary talent, and commitment to conservation, Carl Safina continues to make lasting contributions to ecological science and our understanding of the natural world.

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