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Owls - Clever Survivors

Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Adjunct Professor Heimo Mikkola did his Ph.D. thesis on Ecological Relationships in European Owls and published more than 200 papers on owls and 10 owl books. In 2014 he received the title of "Champion of Owls" in Houston, Mn, USA.


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Humans have had a special fascination on owls for thousands if not for millions of years as owls are one of the world's oldest Vertebrate species with fossil remains dating back to end of the Mesozoic era (56 to 65 million years). Like the humans, owls have dispersed to all continents and even to several remote oceanic islands. Overall, owls, while not always acknowledged for their part, play a significant role in the ecosystems. Owls are clever survivors as stated in our title of this book. However, anthropogenic activities have had some adverse effects on owls as well.

This book aims to point the way toward a better knowledge, how owls relate to their environment and how important it is for us, humans, to use that environment more wisely. Owl conservation success depends not only on environmental issues but also on social and cultural matters. The intersection of humans, owls, and conservation has become more relevant than ever.

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Date completed: September 8th 2021

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Expected publication date: April 24th 2022

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Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Heimo Mikkola, born in Finland in 1945, has been a bird-watcher since the age of eleven, but has concentrated on owls since 1965. His thesis for his MSc was on the great grey owl, and his Ph.D. thesis was on the ecological relationships of European owls. In 1988, Dr. Mikkola became an adjunct professor at the University of Eastern Finland. His life-long international career with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations started in 1974 in Colombia and ended with him as the resident representative of FAO in Uruguay in 2007. In 2014, he was nominated as “Champion of Owls” in Houston, USA, mainly because of his worldwide distributed and translated owl books. Thus far, he has written some 300 papers and more than 10 books on birds. Since retirement, he has edited eight books with IntechOpen.

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