Friends of the Lopez Library and the San Juan Islands National Monument proudly present “Owls and Woodpeckers of North America”, an evening with international award-winning photographer Paul Bannick. For our Lopez Island program at Woodmen Hall, Paul will take us on a multimedia tour of the wild habitats of North America through the lives and interrelationships of owls and woodpeckers. Paul’s intimate and beautiful photos bring forward the diversity of these two bird families and the fascinating ways their life histories are intertwined with one another and with their environment. His first book, The Owl and the Woodpecker, published by The Mountaineers Books in October of 2008, continues to be one of the best-selling bird books in North America, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award for general non-fiction. The University of Washington’s Burke Museum created a traveling exhibit based on The Owl and the Woodpecker which began touring North American cities in March of 2011. In 2011 Paul took first place among professionals in the “Birds and their Habitat” category in Audubon Magazine’s prestigious annual photography contest. In June of 2012, Paul was awarded the Canon prize in the International Conservation Photography Awards, an award selected by Art Wolfe from among thousands of entries worldwide, for the photo that best exemplifies the mission of the ICP Awards. Paul’s work can be found in bird guides from Audubon, the Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. His work has been featured in a variety of publications from The New York Times, Audubon, Sunset, Nature’s Best Photography Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Pacific Northwest (two cover stories), Seattle Times, and others. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, King 5 and on dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote. He will have his first book The Owl and The Woodpecker and his newest book Woodpeckers of North America available for signing and sale. This will be an exceptionally beautiful program and should not be missed. Co-sponsored with the San Juan Islands National Monument. At Woodmen Hall. See you there!